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Wakefield Regional Council area

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Wakefield Regional Council area 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 Wakefield Regional Council area'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 Wakefield Regional Council area or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Wakefield Regional Council area, 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
Wakefield Regional Council area 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%South Australia%Number%South Australia%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences210.82.1200.71.9+1
Information Technology180.61.8120.41.6+6
Engineering and Related Technologies29310.510.92699.510.9+24
Architecture and Building652.33.6622.23.3+3
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1856.61.91445.11.7+41
Health1916.98.61736.17.5+18
Education1425.15.41274.54.7+15
Management and Commerce1856.612.91645.811.4+21
Society and Culture1676.08.91425.07.4+25
Creative Arts170.62.0240.81.8-7
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services913.33.6853.03.4+6
Mixed Field Programmes90.30.100.00.1+9
Not stated or inadequately described802.92.5853.03.3-5
No qualification1,32047.435.71,51753.741.0-197

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, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 0.8% Information Technology, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 10.5% Architecture and Building, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 2.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 6.6% Health, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 6.9% Education, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 5.1% Management and Commerce, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 6.6% Society and Culture, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 6.0% Creative Arts, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 0.3% Not stated or inadequately described, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 2.9% No qualification, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: 47.4%
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, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +1 Information Technology, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +6 Engineering and Related Technologies, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +24 Architecture and Building, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +3 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +41 Health, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +18 Education, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +15 Management and Commerce, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +21 Society and Culture, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +25 Creative Arts, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: -7 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +6 Mixed Field Programmes, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: +9 Not stated or inadequately described, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: -5 No qualification, Wakefield Regional Council area - All industries: -197
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 Wakefield Regional Council area shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (293 people or 10.5%)
  • Health (191 people or 6.9%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (185 people or 6.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 669 people in total or 24.0% of the resident workers .

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 8.6% in Health; and 1.9% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of Wakefield Regional Council area and South Australia were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (6.6% compared to 1.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (6.6% compared to 12.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Society and Culture (6.0% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Health (6.9% compared to 8.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Wakefield Regional Council area decreased by 40 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Wakefield Regional Council area.

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