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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region, there are more with Engineering and Related Technologies 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2006 and 2011 – by place of work

Please note: Currently only 2016 data are available for work destination. 2011 data are not comparable due to a change in methodology in 2016 which “imputed” a work destination to those workers who didn’t state their work destination. This means comparisons with earlier years should not be made. .id are currently sourcing data collected under the same methodology in 2011 which will be added to this page at a later date. For a detailed case study of this issue please visit our blog post.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries2016
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland %
Natural and Physical Sciences8040.91.7
Information Technology7170.81.8
Engineering and Related Technologies9,71610.611.4
Architecture and Building3,3563.74.8
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,1842.41.5
Health7,4488.17.7
Education6,6157.25.6
Management and Commerce9,20110.013.6
Society and Culture7,1007.78.0
Creative Arts8901.02.2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,0524.44.0
Mixed Field Programmes890.10.1
Not stated or inadequately described2,5772.82.6
No qualification36,86540.235.0

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 Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.9% Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 10.6% Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 3.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.4% Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 8.1% Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 7.2% Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 10.0% Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 7.7% Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 4.4% Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 2.8% No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region: 40.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 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:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (9,716 people or 10.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (9,201 people or 10.0%)
  • Health (7,448 people or 8.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,365 people in total or 28.8% of the .

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

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (7.2% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (10.0% compared to 13.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (1.0% compared to 2.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (3.7% compared to 4.8%)

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