RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2672.33.82002.03.6+67
Information Technology1861.61.81611.61.7+25
Engineering and Related Technologies3172.72.73083.02.7+9
Architecture and Building640.60.8680.70.8-4
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1821.60.91211.20.9+61
Health3202.83.52202.12.8+100
Education5,60248.244.25,13450.146.0+468
Management and Commerce1,0439.09.78668.58.7+177
Society and Culture9558.210.26666.58.6+289
Creative Arts2732.33.32222.22.9+51
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1911.61.51311.31.3+60
Mixed Field Programmes120.10.1100.10.1+2
Not stated or inadequately described2131.81.82152.12.1-2
No qualification2,00417.215.71,92618.817.8+78
Total Persons11,629100.0100.010,248100.0100.0+1,381

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (Education and Training) were qualified in were:

  • Education (5,602 people or 48.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,043 people or 9.0%)
  • Society and Culture (955 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,600 people in total or 65.3% of the resident workers (Education and Training).

In comparison, Queensland employed 44.2% in Education; 9.7% in Management and Commerce and 10.2% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Education and Training) of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education (48.2% compared to 44.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Society and Culture (8.2% compared to 10.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (2.3% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Creative Arts (2.3% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Education and Training) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 1,381 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Education and Training) between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was for those qualified in:

  • Education (+468 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+289 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+177 resident workers)
  • Health (+100 resident workers)

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