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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in South West RED Region 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 South West RED Region'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 South West RED Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of South West RED Region, 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
South West RED Region 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%Number%Information Media and Telecommunications%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences810.70.0870.70.0-6
Information Technology510.40.0410.30.0+10
Engineering and Related Technologies1,27210.60.01,1749.126.4+98
Architecture and Building4053.40.03953.10.0+10
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7045.90.07295.60.0-25
Health8317.09.17565.90.0+75
Education7105.90.06885.30.0+22
Management and Commerce1,0238.615.98756.80.0+148
Society and Culture5985.011.45294.10.0+69
Creative Arts700.615.9660.511.3+4
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4103.40.03963.10.0+14
Mixed Field Programmes150.10.030.00.0+12
Not stated or inadequately described3983.30.04783.70.0-80
No qualification5,37845.047.76,70451.962.3-1,326

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, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Information Technology, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Architecture and Building, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Health, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 9.1% Education, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Management and Commerce, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 15.9% Society and Culture, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 11.4% Creative Arts, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 15.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Mixed Field Programmes, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 0.0% No qualification, South West RED Region - Information Media and Telecommunications : 47.7% Natural and Physical Sciences, South West RED Region - All industries: 0.7% Information Technology, South West RED Region - All industries: 0.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, South West RED Region - All industries: 10.6% Architecture and Building, South West RED Region - All industries: 3.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South West RED Region - All industries: 5.9% Health, South West RED Region - All industries: 7.0% Education, South West RED Region - All industries: 5.9% Management and Commerce, South West RED Region - All industries: 8.6% Society and Culture, South West RED Region - All industries: 5.0% Creative Arts, South West RED Region - All industries: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South West RED Region - All industries: 3.4% Mixed Field Programmes, South West RED Region - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, South West RED Region - All industries: 3.3% No qualification, South West RED Region - All industries: 45.0%
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, South West RED Region - All industries: -6 Information Technology, South West RED Region - All industries: +10 Engineering and Related Technologies, South West RED Region - All industries: +98 Architecture and Building, South West RED Region - All industries: +10 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South West RED Region - All industries: -25 Health, South West RED Region - All industries: +75 Education, South West RED Region - All industries: +22 Management and Commerce, South West RED Region - All industries: +148 Society and Culture, South West RED Region - All industries: +69 Creative Arts, South West RED Region - All industries: +4 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South West RED Region - All industries: +14 Mixed Field Programmes, South West RED Region - All industries: +12 Not stated or inadequately described, South West RED Region - All industries: -80 No qualification, South West RED Region - All industries: -1,326
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 South West RED Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,272 people or 10.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,023 people or 8.6%)
  • Health (831 people or 7.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,126 people in total or 26.2% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Information Media and Telecommunications employed 0.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 15.9% in Management and Commerce; and 9.1% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of South West RED Region and Information Media and Telecommunications were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.6% compared to 0.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (0.6% compared to 15.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (8.6% compared to 15.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (5.0% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in South West RED Region decreased by 975 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in South West RED Region were for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+148 people)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+98 people)
  • Health (+75 people)
  • Society and Culture (+69 people)

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