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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.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,2551.11.71,1371.01.5+118
Information Technology1,0160.91.88740.81.6+142
Engineering and Related Technologies14,31712.311.412,48810.911.6+1,829
Architecture and Building4,1123.54.83,6583.24.6+454
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3,9483.41.53,6843.21.4+264
Health9,1287.97.77,7066.76.5+1,422
Education7,5806.55.66,7715.95.0+809
Management and Commerce12,69610.913.610,4059.111.7+2,291
Society and Culture7,5576.58.06,0605.36.6+1,497
Creative Arts1,3451.22.21,2321.11.9+113
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,6094.04.03,9563.43.7+653
Mixed Field Programmes1060.10.1700.10.1+36
Not stated or inadequately described3,2522.82.63,8393.33.3-587
No qualification45,35039.035.052,89146.140.6-7,541

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: 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 11.4% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 1.5% Health, Queensland: 7.7% Education, Queensland: 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 13.6% Society and Culture, Queensland: 8.0% Creative Arts, Queensland: 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 2.6% No qualification, Queensland: 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1% Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.3% Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.4% Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.9% Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.5% Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.9% Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.5% Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.8% No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 39.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in 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 - All industries: +118 Information Technology, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +142 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,829 Architecture and Building, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +454 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +264 Health, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,422 Education, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +809 Management and Commerce, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +2,291 Society and Culture, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +1,497 Creative Arts, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +113 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +653 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +36 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -587 No qualification, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -7,541
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 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, Queensland employed 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.6% in Management and Commerce; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the 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 (3.4% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (10.9% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.5% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (3.5% compared to 4.8%)

Emerging groups

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)

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