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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more male resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies 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 male 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 qualifications should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupation statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

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 - Males20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences6301.00.15890.90.2+41
Information Technology7801.30.66731.10.5+107
Engineering and Related Technologies13,17721.421.911,87919.118.2+1,298
Architecture and Building4,6037.52.44,2276.82.2+376
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,0495.02.82,9604.82.4+89
Health1,9073.10.91,5842.50.5+323
Education1,6962.81.21,5872.50.5+109
Management and Commerce4,5077.35.93,7816.14.0+726
Society and Culture2,1083.41.21,6342.60.6+474
Creative Arts4860.80.44510.70.2+35
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,7182.82.01,5742.51.9+144
Mixed Field Programmes840.10.2330.10.2+51
Not stated or inadequately described1,9703.24.22,3413.85.0-371
No qualification24,78040.356.328,96246.563.6-4,182

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

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 0.1% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 21.9% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 2.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 2.8% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 0.9% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 1.2% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 5.9% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 1.2% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 0.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 0.2% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 4.2% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 56.3% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.0% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 21.4% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 7.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 5.0% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 3.1% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 2.8% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 7.3% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 3.4% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 2.8% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 3.2% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 40.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +41 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +107 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,298 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +376 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +89 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +323 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +109 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +726 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +474 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +35 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +144 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +51 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -371 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -4,182
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (13,177 people or 21.4%)
  • Architecture and Building (4,603 people or 7.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (4,507 people or 7.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 22,287 people in total or 36.2% of the male resident workers .

In comparison, Transport, Postal and Warehousing employed 21.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 2.4% in Architecture and Building; and 5.9% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the male resident workers of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Transport, Postal and Warehousing were:

  • A larger percentage of male resident workers qualified in Architecture and Building (7.5% compared to 2.4%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (3.4% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers qualified in Health (3.1% compared to 0.9%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (5.0% compared to 2.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of male resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region decreased by 780 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the male resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+1,298 males)
  • Management and Commerce (+726 males)
  • Society and Culture (+474 males)
  • Architecture and Building (+376 males)

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