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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Western 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 the Western 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 the Western 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 the Western Downs Regional Council area, 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
Western Downs Regional Council area - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences850.61.7720.51.5+13
Information Technology690.51.8490.31.6+20
Engineering and Related Technologies2,07614.411.61,75012.011.6+326
Architecture and Building5413.84.85053.54.6+36
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7215.01.56254.31.4+96
Health7625.37.76414.46.5+121
Education8816.15.68105.65.0+71
Management and Commerce1,2999.013.51,1077.611.7+192
Society and Culture7034.97.95944.16.6+109
Creative Arts780.52.2790.51.9-1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5083.54.04102.83.7+98
Mixed Field Programmes130.10.160.00.1+7
Not stated or inadequately described4963.42.64893.43.3+7
No qualification6,18942.935.07,41250.940.6-1,223
Total Persons14,421100.0100.014,549100.0100.0-128

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 Western Downs Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (2,076 people or 14.4%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,299 people or 9.0%)
  • Education (881 people or 6.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,256 people in total or 29.5% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.5% in Management and Commerce and 5.6% in Education.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.0% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (5.0% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (4.9% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.4% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 128 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the Western Downs Regional Council area was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+326 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+192 resident workers)
  • Health (+121 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+109 resident workers)

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