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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within Sunshine Coast Council area, 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, Sunshine Coast Council area 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
Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,4971.41.71,0461.11.5+451
Information Technology1,2981.21.89651.01.6+333
Engineering and Related Technologies9,9188.911.48,7699.211.6+1,149
Architecture and Building5,7965.24.84,4344.64.6+1,362
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,9171.71.51,6911.81.4+226
Health11,0049.97.78,0988.56.5+2,906
Education7,4676.75.65,9396.25.0+1,528
Management and Commerce14,35412.913.610,76811.211.7+3,586
Society and Culture9,0248.18.06,4706.86.6+2,554
Creative Arts2,8122.52.22,0032.11.9+809
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5,5005.04.04,5814.83.7+919
Mixed Field Programmes1220.10.1580.10.1+64
Not stated or inadequately described2,4382.22.62,9513.13.3-513
No qualification37,70334.035.038,04739.740.6-344

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, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.4% Information Technology, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Sunshine Coast Council area: 8.9% Architecture and Building, Sunshine Coast Council area: 5.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Sunshine Coast Council area: 1.7% Health, Sunshine Coast Council area: 9.9% Education, Sunshine Coast Council area: 6.7% Management and Commerce, Sunshine Coast Council area: 12.9% Society and Culture, Sunshine Coast Council area: 8.1% Creative Arts, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Sunshine Coast Council area: 5.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Sunshine Coast Council area: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Sunshine Coast Council area: 2.2% No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area: 34.0%
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, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +451 Information Technology, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +333 Engineering and Related Technologies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,149 Architecture and Building, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,362 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +226 Health, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +2,906 Education, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +1,528 Management and Commerce, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +3,586 Society and Culture, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +2,554 Creative Arts, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +809 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +919 Mixed Field Programmes, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: +64 Not stated or inadequately described, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -513 No qualification, Sunshine Coast Council area - All industries: -344
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 (14,354 people or 12.9%)
  • Health (11,004 people or 9.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (9,918 people or 8.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 35,276 people in total or 31.8% 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 Sunshine Coast Council area and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (9.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (6.7% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.0% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.9% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (+3,586 local workers)
  • Health (+2,906 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+2,554 local workers)
  • Education (+1,528 local workers)

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