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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Health 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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences100.82.180.62.0+2
Information Technology40.30.760.50.7-2
Engineering and Related Technologies141.11.5141.11.50
Architecture and Building00.00.670.50.5-7
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies80.60.4120.90.4-4
Health53041.941.246635.538.9+64
Education322.53.3342.62.7-2
Management and Commerce1018.08.6826.27.3+19
Society and Culture16813.317.816612.616.5+2
Creative Arts40.31.000.00.9+4
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services302.42.0272.11.9+3
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described362.81.7524.02.6-16
No qualification32926.018.844033.524.1-111

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.1% Information Technology, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.5% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.4% Health, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 41.2% Education, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.3% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 8.6% Society and Culture, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 17.8% Creative Arts, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.7% No qualification, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 18.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.8% Information Technology, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.1% Architecture and Building, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Health, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 41.9% Education, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.5% Management and Commerce, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 8.0% Society and Culture, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 13.3% Creative Arts, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.4% Mixed Field Programmes, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.8% No qualification, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 26.0%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 Information Technology, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -2 Engineering and Related Technologies, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0 Architecture and Building, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -7 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -4 Health, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +64 Education, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -2 Management and Commerce, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +19 Society and Culture, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 Creative Arts, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +4 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +3 Mixed Field Programmes, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -16 No qualification, South West RED Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -111
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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) were qualified in were:

  • Health (530 people or 41.9%)
  • Society and Culture (168 people or 13.3%)
  • Management and Commerce (101 people or 8.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 799 people in total or 63.1% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance).

In comparison, Queensland employed 41.2% in Health; 17.8% in Society and Culture; and 8.6% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) of South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Society and Culture (13.3% compared to 17.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (0.8% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in South West RED Region decreased by 48 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) between 2011 and 2016 in South West RED Region was for those qualified in:

  • Health (+64 people)

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