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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the RDA Sunshine Coast Region, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 RDA Sunshine Coast 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 RDA Sunshine Coast Region.

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, RDA Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast Region - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,7271.31.71,2651.11.5+462
Information Technology1,4731.11.81,1221.01.6+351
Engineering and Related Technologies11,4598.711.410,3328.911.6+1,127
Architecture and Building6,9095.34.85,4864.74.6+1,423
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,2851.71.52,0571.81.4+228
Health12,7829.87.79,6248.36.5+3,158
Education8,7656.75.67,3036.35.0+1,462
Management and Commerce16,89312.913.612,95411.211.7+3,939
Society and Culture10,5448.08.07,7106.76.6+2,834
Creative Arts3,3652.62.22,5042.21.9+861
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6,9175.34.05,7235.03.7+1,194
Mixed Field Programmes1400.10.1650.10.1+75
Not stated or inadequately described2,9112.22.63,5503.13.3-639
No qualification44,82134.235.045,90539.740.6-1,084

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland: 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 11.4% 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: 13.6% Society and Culture, Queensland: 8.0% 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: 1.3% Information Technology, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 8.7% Architecture and Building, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 5.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 1.7% Health, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 9.8% Education, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 6.7% Management and Commerce, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 12.9% Society and Culture, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 8.0% Creative Arts, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 5.3% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 2.2% No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region: 34.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +462 Information Technology, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +351 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,127 Architecture and Building, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,423 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +228 Health, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +3,158 Education, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,462 Management and Commerce, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +3,939 Society and Culture, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +2,834 Creative Arts, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +861 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +1,194 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: +75 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -639 No qualification, RDA Sunshine Coast Region - All industries: -1,084
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 fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (16,893 people or 12.9%)
  • Health (12,782 people or 9.8%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,459 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 41,134 people in total or 31.4% of the .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.6% in Management and Commerce; 7.7% in Health; and 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (9.8% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.3% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.7% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.7% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the RDA Sunshine Coast Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+3,939 local workers)
  • Health (+3,158 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+2,834 local workers)
  • Education (+1,462 local workers)

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