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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.

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 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1861.22.11551.12.0+31
Information Technology650.40.7610.40.7+4
Engineering and Related Technologies1681.11.51591.21.5+9
Architecture and Building720.50.6620.40.5+10
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies950.60.4970.70.4-2
Health6,12841.241.25,29438.438.9+834
Education4302.93.33162.32.7+114
Management and Commerce1,1747.98.68656.37.3+309
Society and Culture2,70518.217.82,30816.716.5+397
Creative Arts880.61.0960.70.9-8
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3362.32.02902.11.9+46
Mixed Field Programmes180.10.1110.10.0+7
Not stated or inadequately described2861.91.74022.92.6-116
No qualification3,13121.018.83,68326.724.1-552

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.1% Information Technology, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.5% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.4% Health, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 41.2% Education, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.3% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 8.6% Society and Culture, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 17.8% Creative Arts, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.7% No qualification, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 18.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.2% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.1% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 41.2% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.9% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 7.9% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 18.2% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.3% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.9% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 21.0%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +31 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +4 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +9 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +10 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -2 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +834 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +114 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +309 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +397 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -8 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +46 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +7 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -116 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -552
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 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.

Emerging groups

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)

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