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RDA Sunshine Coast Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in the RDA Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences2,0051.31.71,5351.11.5+470
Information Technology1,6651.11.81,3391.01.6+326
Engineering and Related Technologies15,34110.111.613,76810.211.6+1,573
Architecture and Building10,2366.84.88,5766.34.6+1,660
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,7931.81.52,4841.81.4+309
Health14,0049.27.710,5907.86.5+3,414
Education9,8626.55.68,1256.05.0+1,737
Management and Commerce18,58812.313.514,51010.711.7+4,078
Society and Culture11,8747.87.98,7556.56.6+3,119
Creative Arts3,6842.42.22,7732.11.9+911
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services7,5295.04.06,2854.73.7+1,244
Mixed Field Programmes1380.10.1870.10.1+51
Not stated or inadequately described3,5502.32.64,1153.03.3-565
No qualification50,37233.235.052,14438.640.6-1,772
Total Persons151,641100.0100.0135,086100.0100.0+16,555

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 Sunshine Coast Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (18,588 people or 12.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (15,341 people or 10.1%)
  • Health (14,004 people or 9.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 47,933 people in total or 31.6% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Management and Commerce; 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Architecture and Building (6.8% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (9.2% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.1% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.3% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region increased by 16,555 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 Sunshine Coast Region was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+4,078 resident workers)
  • Health (+3,414 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+3,119 resident workers)
  • Education (+1,737 resident workers)

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