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Local workers - Qualifications - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

In the Limestone Coast region, the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to South Australia.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupations data for a full education analysis for the Limestone Coast region.

Data source

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, the Limestone Coast 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 qualifications
Limestone Coast region - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree23932.753.223536.249.6+4
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8211.212.57211.112.5+10
Certificate I and II Level192.61.0121.81.2+7
Certificate III & IV Level14419.710.710315.89.7+41
Certificate Level, nfd253.41.991.41.9+16
No qualification20427.918.418728.822.1+17
Inadequately described or not stated182.52.1324.92.9-14
Total Persons731100.0100.0650100.0100.0+81

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in the Limestone Coast region in 2016 compared to South Australia shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 69.6% of the workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) who held educational qualifications, and 27.9% had no qualifications, compared with 79.4% and 18.4% respectively for South Australia.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) of the Limestone Coast region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Bachelor or Higher degree (32.7% compared to 53.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with No qualification (27.9% compared to 18.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Certificate III & IV Level (19.7% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers (Professional, Scientific and Technical Services) with Certificate I and II Level (2.6% compared to 1.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the Professional, Scientific and Technical Services workforce in the Limestone Coast region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Certificate III & IV Level (+41 local workers)
  • No qualification (+17 local workers)
  • Certificate Level, nfd (+16 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+10 local workers)

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