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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in 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 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 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 Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 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

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 : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% Architecture and Building, Queensland : 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland : 1.5% Health, Queensland : 7.7% Education, Queensland : 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% Creative Arts, Queensland : 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland : 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland : 2.6% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.6% Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 14.4% Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 5.0% Health, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 5.3% Education, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 6.1% Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 9.0% Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 4.9% Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 3.4% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 42.9%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +13 Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +20 Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +326 Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +36 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +96 Health, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +121 Education, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +71 Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +192 Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +109 Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +98 Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +7 Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +7 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1,223
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 Western Downs Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers 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 .

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 Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

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

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 128 between 2011 and 2016.

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

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

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