RDA Murraylands and Riverland

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RDA Murraylands and Riverland region

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Engineering and Related Technologies is the most common qualification for workers in the RDA Murraylands and Riverland region.

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 the RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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 the RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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 RDA Murraylands and Riverland 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 Murraylands and Riverland region - All industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2821.012.042520.921.89+30
Information Technology1650.591.761310.481.58+34
Engineering and Related Technologies2,7029.7510.802,4008.8010.87+302
Architecture and Building6022.173.635582.043.30+44
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,2404.471.871,1274.131.71+113
Health1,8036.508.611,6315.987.52+172
Education1,4605.275.391,3624.994.75+98
Management and Commerce2,5119.0612.932,0217.4111.38+490
Society and Culture2,1547.778.861,5815.797.44+573
Creative Arts2350.842.031760.641.82+59
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,0413.753.639403.443.35+101
Mixed Field Programmes370.130.09290.100.06+8
Not stated or inadequately described8983.242.529383.443.25-40
No qualification12,57145.3835.7814,11851.7841.03-1,547
Total Persons27,701100.00100.0027,264100.00100.00+437

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 fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (2,702 people or 9.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (2,511 people or 9.1%)
  • Society and Culture (2,154 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,367 people in total or26.6% of All industries.

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.8% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.9% in Management and Commerce and 8.9% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in RDA Murraylands and Riverland region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (9.1% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (4.5% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (6.5% compared to 8.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (2.2% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in RDA Murraylands and Riverland region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Society and Culture (+573.00 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+490.00 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+302.00 local workers)
  • Health (+172.00 local workers)

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