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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce in Sunshine Coast Council area 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 Sunshine Coast Council area'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 Sunshine Coast Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Sunshine Coast Council area, 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
Sunshine Coast Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,7191.31.71,2761.11.5+443
Information Technology1,4861.11.81,1741.01.6+312
Engineering and Related Technologies13,25210.211.611,82510.311.6+1,427
Architecture and Building8,7766.84.87,2946.44.6+1,482
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,3111.81.52,0491.81.4+262
Health12,0819.37.78,9457.86.5+3,136
Education8,4146.55.66,8826.05.0+1,532
Management and Commerce15,91212.313.512,27610.711.7+3,636
Society and Culture10,1597.87.97,4126.56.6+2,747
Creative Arts3,0822.42.22,2682.01.9+814
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6,2234.84.05,1604.53.7+1,063
Mixed Field Programmes1250.10.1780.10.1+47
Not stated or inadequately described3,0192.32.63,4923.13.3-473
No qualification43,06633.235.044,20738.740.6-1,141

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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 1.3% Information Technology, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 10.2% Architecture and Building, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 6.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 1.8% Health, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 9.3% Education, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 6.5% Management and Commerce, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 12.3% Society and Culture, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 7.8% Creative Arts, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 2.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 4.8% Mixed Field Programmes, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: 2.3% No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area - 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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +443 Information Technology, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +312 Engineering and Related Technologies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,427 Architecture and Building, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,482 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +262 Health, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,136 Education, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,532 Management and Commerce, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,636 Society and Culture, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +2,747 Creative Arts, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +814 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,063 Mixed Field Programmes, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +47 Not stated or inadequately described, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -473 No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -1,141
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 Sunshine Coast Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (15,912 people or 12.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (13,252 people or 10.2%)
  • Health (12,081 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 41,245 people in total or 31.8% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area 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 (9.3% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.2% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area increased by 15,287 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+3,636 people)
  • Health (+3,136 people)
  • Society and Culture (+2,747 people)
  • Education (+1,532 people)

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