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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Southern Downs Regional Council area 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 Southern Downs Regional Council area'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 Southern Downs Regional Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Southern Downs Regional Council area, 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1361.00.01270.90.0+9
Information Technology720.50.0840.60.0-12
Engineering and Related Technologies1,40810.017.91,3319.312.3+77
Architecture and Building5714.10.05093.60.0+62
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4393.10.03972.80.0+42
Health9066.40.07795.40.0+127
Education9176.53.28495.92.6+68
Management and Commerce1,3259.418.91,1247.87.9+201
Society and Culture8486.03.27044.93.5+144
Creative Arts1290.99.51300.913.2-1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5974.23.25223.64.4+75
Mixed Field Programmes150.10.050.00.0+10
Not stated or inadequately described4633.30.05193.63.5-56
No qualification6,26344.544.27,25650.652.6-993

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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Information Technology, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 17.9% Architecture and Building, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Health, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Education, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 3.2% Management and Commerce, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 18.9% Society and Culture, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 3.2% Creative Arts, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 9.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 3.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Information Media and Telecommunications : 44.2% Natural and Physical Sciences, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 1.0% Information Technology, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 10.0% Architecture and Building, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 4.1% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.1% Health, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 6.4% Education, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 6.5% Management and Commerce, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 9.4% Society and Culture, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 6.0% Creative Arts, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 4.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.3% No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 44.5%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +9 Information Technology, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -12 Engineering and Related Technologies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +77 Architecture and Building, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +62 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +42 Health, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +127 Education, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +68 Management and Commerce, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +201 Society and Culture, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +144 Creative Arts, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +75 Mixed Field Programmes, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +10 Not stated or inadequately described, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -56 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -993
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 Southern Downs Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,408 people or 10.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,325 people or 9.4%)
  • Education (917 people or 6.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,650 people in total or 25.9% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Information Media and Telecommunications employed 17.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 18.9% in Management and Commerce; and 3.2% in Education.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Information Media and Telecommunications were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Health (6.4% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (9.4% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (0.9% compared to 9.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.0% compared to 17.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Southern Downs Regional Council area decreased by 247 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Southern Downs Regional Council area were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+201 people)
  • Society and Culture (+144 people)
  • Health (+127 people)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+77 people)

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