RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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RDA Murraylands and Riverland region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region than in any other field.

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 their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
RDA Murraylands and Riverland region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2620.92.12460.91.9+16
Information Technology1800.61.81400.51.6+40
Engineering and Related Technologies2,95510.210.92,7229.410.9+233
Architecture and Building7362.63.66932.43.3+43
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,3054.51.91,1444.01.7+161
Health1,7646.18.61,6355.77.5+129
Education1,3294.65.41,1934.14.7+136
Management and Commerce2,5128.712.92,0917.311.4+421
Society and Culture2,1337.48.91,5845.57.4+549
Creative Arts2200.82.01730.61.8+47
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,0883.83.61,0123.53.4+76
Mixed Field Programmes360.10.1260.10.1+10
Not stated or inadequately described9373.22.51,0353.63.3-98
No qualification13,40446.435.715,12252.541.0-1,718
Total Persons28,861100.0100.028,816100.0100.0+45

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 field of qualifications in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (2,955 people or 10.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (2,512 people or 8.7%)
  • Society and Culture (2,133 people or 7.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,600 people in total or 26.3% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.9% in Management and Commerce and 8.9% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.7% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (6.1% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.4% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region increased by 45 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+549 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+421 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+233 resident workers)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+161 resident workers)

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