RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries
Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more with Engineering and Related Technologies qualifications than any other field of qualification.
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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.
The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:
- The age of the workforce;
- The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
- The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region;
- The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.
The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry. Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.
Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work
Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
|Local workers field of qualification - Summary|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Education and Training %||Number||%||Education and Training %||2011 to 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||1,255||1.1||2.2||30000||1,137||1.0||P||2.1||+118|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||14,317||12.3||2.9||50000||12,488||10.9||P||3.1||+1,829|
|Architecture and Building||4,112||3.5||0.6||60000||3,658||3.2||P||0.7||+454|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||3,948||3.4||1.3||70000||3,684||3.2||P||1.2||+264|
|Management and Commerce||12,696||10.9||9.1||91000||10,405||9.1||P||8.5||+2,291|
|Society and Culture||7,557||6.5||8.4||92000||6,060||5.3||P||6.7||+1,497|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||4,609||4.0||1.6||94000||3,956||3.4||P||1.2||+653|
|Mixed Field Programmes||106||0.1||0.1||95000||70||0.1||P||0.1||+36|
|Not stated or inadequately described||3,252||2.8||1.8||96000||3,839||3.3||P||2.1||-587|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:
- Engineering and Related Technologies (14,317 people or 12.3%)
- Management and Commerce (12,696 people or 10.9%)
- Health (9,128 people or 7.9%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 36,141 people in total or 31.1% of the .
In comparison, the Education and Training workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region employed 2.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.1% in Management and Commerce; and 2.9% in Health.
The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Education and Training workforce were:
- A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (12.3% compared to 2.9%)
- A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (7.9% compared to 2.9%)
- A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (3.5% compared to 0.6%)
- A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.5% compared to 48.1%)
The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:
- Management and Commerce (+2,291 local workers)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (+1,829 local workers)
- Society and Culture (+1,497 local workers)
- Health (+1,422 local workers)