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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Southern Downs Regional Council 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 the Southern Downs Regional Council'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 the Southern Downs Regional Council or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Southern Downs Regional Council, 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 Downs Regional Council - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1361.01.71270.91.5+9
Information Technology720.51.8840.61.6-12
Engineering and Related Technologies1,40810.011.61,3319.311.6+77
Architecture and Building5714.14.85093.64.6+62
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies4393.11.53972.81.4+42
Health9066.47.77795.46.5+127
Education9176.55.68495.95.0+68
Management and Commerce1,3259.413.51,1247.811.7+201
Society and Culture8486.07.97044.96.6+144
Creative Arts1290.92.21300.91.9-1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5974.24.05223.63.7+75
Mixed Field Programmes150.10.150.00.1+10
Not stated or inadequately described4633.32.65193.63.3-56
No qualification6,26344.535.07,25650.640.6-993
Total Persons14,089100.0100.014,336100.0100.0-247

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 the Southern Downs Regional Council shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,408 people or 10.0%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,325 people or 9.4%)
  • Education (917 people or 6.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,650 people in total or 25.9% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.5% in Management and Commerce and 5.6% in Education.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Southern Downs Regional Council and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (9.4% compared to 13.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.0% compared to 7.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.1% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.0% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Southern Downs Regional Council decreased by 247 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+201 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+144 resident workers)
  • Health (+127 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+77 resident workers)

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