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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in City of Whyalla 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 City of Whyalla'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 City of Whyalla or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of City of Whyalla, 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
City of Whyalla 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%South Australia%Number%South Australia%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences530.62.1740.81.9-21
Information Technology590.71.8610.71.6-2
Engineering and Related Technologies1,62619.610.91,79919.610.9-173
Architecture and Building1952.33.62592.83.3-64
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies660.81.9820.91.7-16
Health6477.88.65415.97.5+106
Education4465.45.43864.24.7+60
Management and Commerce7609.212.97448.111.4+16
Society and Culture6067.38.95355.87.4+71
Creative Arts490.62.0470.51.8+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2723.33.62763.03.4-4
Mixed Field Programmes110.10.170.10.1+4
Not stated or inadequately described2282.72.53503.83.3-122
No qualification3,28239.535.74,00043.741.0-718

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, South Australia : 2.1% Information Technology, South Australia : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, South Australia : 10.9% Architecture and Building, South Australia : 3.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, South Australia : 1.9% Health, South Australia : 8.6% Education, South Australia : 5.4% Management and Commerce, South Australia : 12.9% Society and Culture, South Australia : 8.9% Creative Arts, South Australia : 2.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, South Australia : 3.6% Mixed Field Programmes, South Australia : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, South Australia : 2.5% No qualification, South Australia : 35.7% Natural and Physical Sciences, City of Whyalla - All industries: 0.6% Information Technology, City of Whyalla - All industries: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, City of Whyalla - All industries: 19.6% Architecture and Building, City of Whyalla - All industries: 2.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, City of Whyalla - All industries: 0.8% Health, City of Whyalla - All industries: 7.8% Education, City of Whyalla - All industries: 5.4% Management and Commerce, City of Whyalla - All industries: 9.2% Society and Culture, City of Whyalla - All industries: 7.3% Creative Arts, City of Whyalla - All industries: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, City of Whyalla - All industries: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, City of Whyalla - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, City of Whyalla - All industries: 2.7% No qualification, City of Whyalla - All industries: 39.5%
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, City of Whyalla - All industries: -21 Information Technology, City of Whyalla - All industries: -2 Engineering and Related Technologies, City of Whyalla - All industries: -173 Architecture and Building, City of Whyalla - All industries: -64 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, City of Whyalla - All industries: -16 Health, City of Whyalla - All industries: +106 Education, City of Whyalla - All industries: +60 Management and Commerce, City of Whyalla - All industries: +16 Society and Culture, City of Whyalla - All industries: +71 Creative Arts, City of Whyalla - All industries: +2 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, City of Whyalla - All industries: -4 Mixed Field Programmes, City of Whyalla - All industries: +4 Not stated or inadequately described, City of Whyalla - All industries: -122 No qualification, City of Whyalla - All industries: -718
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 City of Whyalla shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,626 people or 19.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (760 people or 9.2%)
  • Health (647 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,033 people in total or 36.5% of the resident workers .

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.9% in Management and Commerce; and 8.6% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of City of Whyalla and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (19.6% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (9.2% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (7.3% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (0.6% compared to 2.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in City of Whyalla decreased by 861 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in City of Whyalla were for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-173 people)
  • Health (+106 people)
  • Society and Culture (+71 people)
  • Architecture and Building (-64 people)

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