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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Southern Downs Regional Council area, 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, Southern Downs Regional Council area 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
Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Public Administration and Safety %Number%Public Administration and Safety %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1291.01.81160.81.0+13
Information Technology730.50.7800.61.1-7
Engineering and Related Technologies1,2589.511.81,2689.112.4-10
Architecture and Building4353.34.53902.84.7+45
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4163.16.83742.76.8+42
Health8956.73.67895.72.8+106
Education9026.81.88526.11.1+50
Management and Commerce1,2529.416.51,1238.013.0+129
Society and Culture8156.114.06854.910.9+130
Creative Arts1170.90.01290.91.5-12
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5964.51.35313.80.4+65
Mixed Field Programmes100.1--50.0--+5
Not stated or inadequately described4263.22.95253.83.8-99
No qualification5,97544.934.57,09750.840.5-1,122

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: 1.8% Information Technology, Public Administration and Safety: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Public Administration and Safety: 11.8% Architecture and Building, Public Administration and Safety: 4.5% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Public Administration and Safety: 6.8% Health, Public Administration and Safety: 3.6% Education, Public Administration and Safety: 1.8% Management and Commerce, Public Administration and Safety: 16.5% Society and Culture, Public Administration and Safety: 14.0% Creative Arts, Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Not stated or inadequately described, Public Administration and Safety: 2.9% No qualification, Public Administration and Safety: 34.5% Natural and Physical Sciences, All industries: 1.0% Information Technology, All industries: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, All industries: 9.5% Architecture and Building, All industries: 3.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, All industries: 3.1% Health, All industries: 6.7% Education, All industries: 6.8% Management and Commerce, All industries: 9.4% Society and Culture, All industries: 6.1% Creative Arts, All industries: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, All industries: 4.5% Mixed Field Programmes, All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, All industries: 3.2% No qualification, All industries: 44.9%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +13 Information Technology, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -7 Engineering and Related Technologies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -10 Architecture and Building, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +45 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +42 Health, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +106 Education, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +50 Management and Commerce, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +129 Society and Culture, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +130 Creative Arts, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -12 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +65 Mixed Field Programmes, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +5 Not stated or inadequately described, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -99 No qualification, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1,122
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,258 people or 9.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,252 people or 9.4%)
  • Education (902 people or 6.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,412 people in total or 25.6% of the .

In comparison, the Public Administration and Safety workforce within Southern Downs Regional Council area employed 11.8% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 16.5% in Management and Commerce; and 1.8% in Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Southern Downs Regional Council area and the Public Administration and Safety workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.8% compared to 1.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.1% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (9.4% compared to 16.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.1% compared to 6.8%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in Southern Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Society and Culture (+130 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+129 local workers)
  • Health (+106 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+65 local workers)

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