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Western Downs Regional Council area

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Western 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, Western 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
Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1120.71.71010.61.5+11
Information Technology820.51.8580.41.6+24
Engineering and Related Technologies2,90117.811.42,10413.511.6+797
Architecture and Building6434.04.85413.54.6+102
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies7404.61.56444.11.4+96
Health8795.47.77274.76.5+152
Education9105.65.68365.45.0+74
Management and Commerce1,4949.213.61,2007.711.7+294
Society and Culture7424.68.06254.06.6+117
Creative Arts840.52.2870.61.9-3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5873.64.04693.03.7+118
Mixed Field Programmes80.00.1100.10.1-2
Not stated or inadequately described5433.32.65093.33.3+34
No qualification6,52840.235.07,65149.240.6-1,123

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, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.7% Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area: 17.8% Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.6% Health, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.4% Education, Western Downs Regional Council area: 5.6% Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area: 9.2% Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area: 4.6% Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.6% Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area: 3.3% No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area: 40.2%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +11 Information Technology, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +24 Engineering and Related Technologies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +797 Architecture and Building, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +102 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +96 Health, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +152 Education, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +74 Management and Commerce, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +294 Society and Culture, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +117 Creative Arts, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -3 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +118 Mixed Field Programmes, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -2 Not stated or inadequately described, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +34 No qualification, Western Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1,123
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 (2,901 people or 17.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,494 people or 9.2%)
  • Education (910 people or 5.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,305 people in total or 32.6% of the .

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.6% in Management and Commerce; and 5.6% in Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (17.8% compared to 11.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.6% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (9.2% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (4.6% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+797 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+294 local workers)
  • Health (+152 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+118 local workers)

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