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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more female resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce 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 female 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 - Females20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences6211.11.75040.91.5+117
Information Technology2110.40.71960.40.7+15
Engineering and Related Technologies5931.11.34730.91.2+120
Architecture and Building1850.30.71350.30.6+50
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,0561.90.98251.50.8+231
Health6,85612.512.05,88911.010.4+967
Education5,90010.79.05,2299.88.1+671
Management and Commerce7,96414.516.96,48012.114.9+1,484
Society and Culture5,4289.911.24,3798.29.4+1,049
Creative Arts8721.62.77781.52.3+94
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,7785.15.12,2864.34.6+492
Mixed Field Programmes550.10.1310.10.1+24
Not stated or inadequately described1,3062.42.21,5422.92.9-236
No qualification21,17538.535.524,62646.142.6-3,451

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, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 1.3% Architecture and Building, Queensland : 0.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland : 0.9% Health, Queensland : 12.0% Education, Queensland : 9.0% Management and Commerce, Queensland : 16.9% Society and Culture, Queensland : 11.2% Creative Arts, Queensland : 2.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland : 5.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland : 2.2% No qualification, Queensland : 35.5% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.1% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.1% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 0.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.9% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 12.5% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 10.7% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 14.5% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 9.9% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 1.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 5.1% 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: 2.4% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 38.5%
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: +117 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +15 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +120 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +50 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +231 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +967 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +671 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,484 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,049 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +94 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +492 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +24 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -236 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -3,451
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 female resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (7,964 people or 14.5%)
  • Health (6,856 people or 12.5%)
  • Education (5,900 people or 10.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 20,720 people in total or 37.7% of the female resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 16.9% in Management and Commerce; 12.0% in Health; and 9.0% in Education.

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

  • A larger percentage of female resident workers qualified in Education (10.7% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (14.5% compared to 16.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (9.9% compared to 11.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (1.6% compared to 2.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of female resident workers in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 1,627 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,484 females)
  • Society and Culture (+1,049 females)
  • Health (+967 females)
  • Education (+671 females)

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