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Balonne Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Management and Commerce in the Balonne Shire 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 Balonne Shire'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 Balonne Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Balonne Shire, 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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Resident workers field of qualification
Balonne Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences001.3001.2--
Information Technology003.6002.8--
Engineering and Related Technologies002.9002.4--
Architecture and Building000.9000.7--
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies000.5312.50.5-3
Health001.9001.6--
Education001.6001.4--
Management and Commerce1071.444.7937.539.8+1
Society and Culture006.7312.55.7-3
Creative Arts001.8001.4--
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services002.1002.1--
Mixed Field Programmes000.0000.1--
Not stated or inadequately described001.6002.0--
No qualification428.630.4937.538.3-5
Total Persons14100.0100.024100.0100.0-10

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 Balonne Shire shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (10 people or 71.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 10 people in total or 71.4% of the resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 44.7% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) of the Balonne Shire and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (71.4% compared to 44.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) in the Balonne Shire decreased by 10 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Financial and Insurance Services) between 2011 and 2016 in the Balonne Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (-3 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (-3 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1 resident workers)

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