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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Wholesale Trade) 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 Sciences00.01.430.71.2-3
Information Technology61.51.930.71.7+3
Engineering and Related Technologies6215.116.36214.814.30
Architecture and Building41.02.371.72.1-3
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies338.01.9276.41.8+6
Health30.72.441.01.9-1
Education51.21.100.01.0+5
Management and Commerce5212.717.2358.313.2+17
Society and Culture71.73.030.72.3+4
Creative Arts00.01.900.01.50
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services92.23.292.13.60
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.10
Not stated or inadequately described184.42.151.22.9+13
No qualification21251.645.126262.452.4-50

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 - Wholesale Trade  : 1.4% Information Technology, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 1.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 16.3% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 1.9% Health, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.4% Education, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 1.1% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 17.2% Society and Culture, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 3.0% Creative Arts, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 1.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 3.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 2.1% No qualification, Queensland - Wholesale Trade  : 45.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 1.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 15.1% Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 1.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 8.0% Health, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0.7% Education, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 1.2% Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 12.7% Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 1.7% Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 2.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 4.4% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 51.6%
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 - Wholesale Trade: -3 Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +3 Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0 Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -3 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +6 Health, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -1 Education, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +5 Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +17 Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +4 Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0 Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: +13 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - Wholesale Trade: -50
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 (Wholesale Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (62 people or 15.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (52 people or 12.7%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (33 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 147 people in total or 35.8% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade).

In comparison, Queensland employed 16.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.2% in Management and Commerce; and 1.9% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (8.0% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.7% compared to 17.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Creative Arts (0.0% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Health (0.7% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Western Downs Regional Council area decreased by 9 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) between 2011 and 2016 in Western Downs Regional Council area.

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