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 Mid North 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 Mid North Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
- The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
- The socio-economic status of Mid North Region, and;
- The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
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|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Mid North Region - Persons||2016||2011||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||South Australia||Number||%||South Australia||2011 - 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||113||1.3||2.1||123||1.4||1.9||-10|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||892||10.4||10.9||867||9.8||10.9||+25|
|Architecture and Building||224||2.6||3.6||195||2.2||3.3||+29|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||595||6.9||1.9||557||6.3||1.7||+38|
|Management and Commerce||704||8.2||12.9||594||6.7||11.4||+110|
|Society and Culture||531||6.2||8.9||486||5.5||7.4||+45|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||299||3.5||3.6||276||3.1||3.4||+23|
|Mixed Field Programmes||12||0.1||0.1||3||0.0||0.1||+9|
|Not stated or inadequately described||247||2.9||2.5||238||2.7||3.3||+9|
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Analysis of the field of qualifications in Mid North Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:
- Engineering and Related Technologies (892 people or 10.4%)
- Management and Commerce (704 people or 8.2%)
- Health (634 people or 7.4%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 2,230 people in total or 25.9% of the resident workers (All industries).
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 Mid North Region and South Australia were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (6.9% compared to 1.9%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.2% compared to 12.9%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.2% compared to 8.9%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (0.5% compared to 1.8%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in Mid North Region decreased by 208 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Mid North Region was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+110 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+45 resident workers)
- Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+38 resident workers)
- Health (+37 resident workers)