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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences8460.81.77870.81.5+59
Information Technology7430.71.87000.71.6+43
Engineering and Related Technologies11,56411.611.611,22811.211.6+336
Architecture and Building4,5484.64.84,4594.54.6+89
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,3782.41.52,1012.11.4+277
Health7,6057.67.76,5566.66.5+1,049
Education6,7176.75.66,0946.15.0+623
Management and Commerce9,5929.613.58,3788.411.7+1,214
Society and Culture7,3977.47.95,8415.86.6+1,556
Creative Arts9190.92.28590.91.9+60
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,3484.44.03,8793.93.7+469
Mixed Field Programmes860.10.1470.00.1+39
Not stated or inadequately described2,8442.92.63,3683.43.3-524
No qualification40,14640.335.045,68645.740.6-5,540

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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 0.8% Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 11.6% Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 4.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 2.4% Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 7.6% Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 6.7% Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 9.6% Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 7.4% Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 4.4% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 2.9% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: 40.3%
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +59 Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +43 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +336 Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +89 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +277 Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,049 Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +623 Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,214 Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,556 Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +60 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +469 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +39 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -524 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -5,540
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 Wide Bay Burnett Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,564 people or 11.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (9,592 people or 9.6%)
  • Health (7,605 people or 7.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 28,761 people in total or 28.8% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.5% in Management and Commerce; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Education (6.7% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (9.6% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Creative Arts (0.9% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Information Technology (0.7% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region decreased by 250 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+1,556 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,214 people)
  • Health (+1,049 people)
  • Education (+623 people)

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