RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Resident workers - Field of qualification
There are more resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Health 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland%||Number||%||Queensland%||2011 to 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||186||1.2||2.1||155||1.1||2.0||+31||30000||P|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||168||1.1||1.5||159||1.2||1.5||+9||50000||P|
|Architecture and Building||72||0.5||0.6||62||0.4||0.5||+10||60000||P|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||95||0.6||0.4||97||0.7||0.4||-2||70000||P|
|Management and Commerce||1,174||7.9||8.6||865||6.3||7.3||+309||91000||P|
|Society and Culture||2,705||18.2||17.8||2,308||16.7||16.5||+397||92000||P|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||336||2.3||2.0||290||2.1||1.9||+46||94000||P|
|Mixed Field Programmes||18||0.1||0.1||11||0.1||0.0||+7||95000||P|
|Not stated or inadequately described||286||1.9||1.7||402||2.9||2.6||-116||96000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the field of qualifications in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) were qualified in were:
- Health (6,128 people or 41.2%)
- Society and Culture (2,705 people or 18.2%)
- Management and Commerce (1,174 people or 7.9%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 10,007 people in total or 67.2% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance).
In comparison, Queensland employed 41.2% in Health; 17.8% in Society and Culture; and 8.6% in Management and Commerce.
There were no major differences in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) between RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland in 2016.
The number of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region increased by 1,083 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were for those qualified in:
- Health (+834 people)
- Society and Culture (+397 people)
- Management and Commerce (+309 people)
- Education (+114 people)