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 female resident workers (All industries) 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 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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Female resident workers field of qualification
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Females 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 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
Total Females55,000100.0100.053,373100.0100.0+1,627

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 female resident workers (All industries) 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 (All industries).

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

Emerging groups

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

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

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

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