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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 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 Wide Bay Burnett 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 Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences8040.91.77670.81.5+37
Information Technology7170.81.86470.71.6+70
Engineering and Related Technologies9,72310.611.49,51810.411.6+205
Architecture and Building3,3703.74.83,2443.54.6+126
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,1842.41.51,9322.11.4+252
Health7,5078.27.76,5087.16.5+999
Education6,6467.25.66,0026.55.0+644
Management and Commerce9,22210.013.68,0678.811.7+1,155
Society and Culture7,1437.88.05,6956.26.6+1,448
Creative Arts8901.02.28300.91.9+60
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services4,0524.44.03,5923.93.7+460
Mixed Field Programmes890.10.1480.10.1+41
Not stated or inadequately described2,5862.82.63,0663.33.3-480
No qualification36,96540.235.042,03745.740.6-5,072

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: 8.2% 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: 7.8% 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.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +37 Information Technology, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +70 Engineering and Related Technologies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +205 Architecture and Building, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +126 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +252 Health, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +999 Education, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +644 Management and Commerce, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,155 Society and Culture, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +1,448 Creative Arts, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +60 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +460 Mixed Field Programmes, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: +41 Not stated or inadequately described, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -480 No qualification, RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region - All industries: -5,072
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:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (9,723 people or 10.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (9,222 people or 10.0%)
  • Health (7,507 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 26,452 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 workforce 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%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in the RDA Wide Bay Burnett Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Society and Culture (+1,448 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,155 local workers)
  • Health (+999 local workers)
  • Education (+644 local workers)

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