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 (Arts and Recreation Services) qualified in Society and Culture 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 Sciences181.91.760.71.7+12
Information Technology91.02.030.31.4+6
Engineering and Related Technologies384.04.7475.44.8-9
Architecture and Building111.21.860.71.8+5
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies667.04.0627.14.1+4
Health202.13.1171.92.6+3
Education293.12.8343.92.6-5
Management and Commerce909.513.1788.911.0+12
Society and Culture13414.211.29210.59.6+42
Creative Arts373.97.7343.97.2+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services394.14.5141.64.2+25
Mixed Field Programmes000.130.30.1-3
Not stated or inadequately described222.32.7343.93.2-12
No qualification43145.740.644751.045.9-16
Total Persons944100.0100.0877100.0100.0+67

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 (Arts and Recreation Services) were qualified in were:

  • Society and Culture (134 people or 14.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (90 people or 9.5%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (66 people or 7.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 290 people in total or 30.7% of the resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.2% in Society and Culture; 13.1% in Management and Commerce and 4.0% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) qualified in Creative Arts (3.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.5% compared to 13.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (7.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) qualified in Society and Culture (14.2% compared to 11.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Arts and Recreation Services) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 67 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+42 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+25 resident workers)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (+12 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+12 resident workers)

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