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Southern Flinders Region

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Southern Flinders 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 Southern Flinders 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 Southern Flinders Region or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Southern Flinders Region, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Southern Flinders Region - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. South AustraliaNumber%. South Australia2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences580.52.1550.51.9+3
Information Technology480.51.8490.41.6-1
Engineering and Related Technologies1,39813.110.91,26011.510.9+138
Architecture and Building2962.83.62722.53.3+24
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3233.01.93202.91.7+3
Health8688.18.67867.27.5+82
Education6666.25.46095.64.7+57
Management and Commerce8628.112.97596.911.4+103
Society and Culture7837.38.95935.47.4+190
Creative Arts590.62.0510.51.8+8
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3173.03.63212.93.4-4
Mixed Field Programmes30.00.1100.10.1-7
Not stated or inadequately described3032.82.53813.53.3-78
No qualification4,67843.935.75,46850.041.0-790
Total Persons10,662100.0100.010,934100.0100.0-272

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Southern Flinders Region shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,398 people or 13.1%)
  • Health (868 people or 8.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (862 people or 8.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,128 people in total or 29.3% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, South Australia employed 10.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 8.6% in Health and 12.9% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Southern Flinders Region and South Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.1% compared to 12.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (13.1% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (0.5% compared to 2.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (7.3% compared to 8.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Southern Flinders Region decreased by 272 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Southern Flinders Region was for those qualified in:

  • Society and Culture (+190 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+138 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+103 resident workers)
  • Health (+82 resident workers)

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