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Local workers - Field of qualification - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more Professional, Scientific and Technical Services with Management and Commerce 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.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1363.13.51353.23.9+1
Information Technology1122.57.5972.36.6+15
Engineering and Related Technologies53612.013.553912.615.3-3
Architecture and Building1252.85.51042.45.1+21
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1844.11.41874.41.7-3
Health2666.03.72135.03.1+53
Education872.01.6972.31.6-10
Management and Commerce1,20026.924.41,02223.921.8+178
Society and Culture4059.111.43337.810.2+72
Creative Arts1192.74.51052.53.7+14
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services651.51.2421.01.1+23
Mixed Field Programmes----0.0----0.0--
Not stated or inadequately described601.31.5751.81.7-15
No qualification1,16226.120.21,33031.124.1-168

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland: 3.5% Information Technology, Queensland: 7.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 13.5% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 5.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 1.4% Health, Queensland: 3.7% Education, Queensland: 1.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 24.4% Society and Culture, Queensland: 11.4% Creative Arts, Queensland: 4.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 1.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 1.5% No qualification, Queensland: 20.2% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.1% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.0% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.1% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.0% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.0% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 26.9% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.1% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.5% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.3% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 26.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +1 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +15 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -3 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +21 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -3 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +53 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -10 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +178 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +72 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +14 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: +23 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -15 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services: -168
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 fields of qualifications of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,200 people or 26.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (536 people or 12.0%)
  • Society and Culture (405 people or 9.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,141 people in total or 48.0% of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services .

In comparison, Queensland employed 24.4% in Management and Commerce; 13.5% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 11.4% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.1% compared to 1.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (26.9% compared to 24.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (2.5% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (2.8% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+178 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+72 local workers)
  • Health (+53 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+23 local workers)

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