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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers 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 qualifications should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupation statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

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 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 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

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

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% 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 : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% 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, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 1.3% Information Technology, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 10.1% Architecture and Building, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 6.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 1.8% Health, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 9.2% Education, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 6.5% Management and Commerce, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 12.3% Society and Culture, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 7.8% Creative Arts, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 2.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 5.0% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 2.3% No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: 33.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +470 Information Technology, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +326 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,573 Architecture and Building, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,660 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +309 Health, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +3,414 Education, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,737 Management and Commerce, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +4,078 Society and Culture, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +3,119 Creative Arts, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +911 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,244 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +51 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -565 No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -1,772
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 field of qualifications in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers 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 .

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

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region increased by 16,555 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region were for those qualified in:

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

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