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Local workers - Field of qualification - Health Care and Social Assistance

Within the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more Health Care and Social Assistance with Health 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 - Health Care and Social Assistance20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Public Administration and Safety %Number%Public Administration and Safety %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1961.32.21531.12.4+43
Information Technology690.51.2640.51.1+5
Engineering and Related Technologies1681.114.71651.214.3+3
Architecture and Building700.54.0680.53.5+2
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies920.64.5950.74.8-3
Health6,41142.04.85,51339.03.0+898
Education4412.93.43322.32.4+109
Management and Commerce1,1947.816.38836.214.0+311
Society and Culture2,69817.713.82,31916.412.7+379
Creative Arts910.61.3880.61.1+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3362.21.32862.01.2+50
Mixed Field Programmes140.10.090.10.0+5
Not stated or inadequately described3022.03.84132.93.8-111
No qualification3,19020.928.83,74826.535.6-558

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, Public Administration and Safety: 2.2% Information Technology, Public Administration and Safety: 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Public Administration and Safety: 14.7% Architecture and Building, Public Administration and Safety: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Public Administration and Safety: 4.5% Health, Public Administration and Safety: 4.8% Education, Public Administration and Safety: 3.4% Management and Commerce, Public Administration and Safety: 16.3% Society and Culture, Public Administration and Safety: 13.8% Creative Arts, Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Mixed Field Programmes, Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Public Administration and Safety: 3.8% No qualification, Public Administration and Safety: 28.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.3% Information Technology, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.1% Architecture and Building, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Health, Health Care and Social Assistance: 42.0% Education, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.9% Management and Commerce, Health Care and Social Assistance: 7.8% Society and Culture, Health Care and Social Assistance: 17.7% Creative Arts, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.0% No qualification, Health Care and Social Assistance: 20.9%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +43 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +5 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +3 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +2 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -3 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +898 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +109 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +311 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +379 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +3 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +50 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -111 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Health Care and Social Assistance: -558
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 Health Care and Social Assistance shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Health (6,411 people or 42.0%)
  • Society and Culture (2,698 people or 17.7%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,194 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 10,303 people in total or 67.4% of the Health Care and Social Assistance .

In comparison, the Public Administration and Safety workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region employed 4.8% in Health; 13.8% in Society and Culture; and 16.3% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Public Administration and Safety workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (42.0% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (17.7% compared to 13.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (1.1% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (7.8% compared to 16.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Health (+898 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+379 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+311 local workers)
  • Education (+109 local workers)

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