Sunshine Coast

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Sunshine Coast 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 Sunshine Coast'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 Sunshine Coast or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Sunshine Coast, 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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Sunshine Coast - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,7191.31.71,2761.11.5+443
Information Technology1,4861.11.81,1741.01.6+312
Engineering and Related Technologies13,25210.211.611,82510.311.6+1,427
Architecture and Building8,7766.84.87,2946.44.6+1,482
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies2,3111.81.52,0491.81.4+262
Management and Commerce15,91212.313.512,27610.711.7+3,636
Society and Culture10,1597.87.97,4126.56.6+2,747
Creative Arts3,0822.42.22,2682.01.9+814
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services6,2234.84.05,1604.53.7+1,063
Mixed Field Programmes1250.10.1780.10.1+47
Not stated or inadequately described3,0192.32.63,4923.13.3-473
No qualification43,06633.235.044,20738.740.6-1,141
Total Persons129,625100.0100.0114,338100.0100.0+15,287

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (15,912 people or 12.3%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (13,252 people or 10.2%)
  • Health (12,081 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 41,245 people in total or 31.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Management and Commerce; 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Architecture and Building (6.8% compared to 4.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (9.3% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (10.2% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.3% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Sunshine Coast increased by 15,287 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+3,636 resident workers)
  • Health (+3,136 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+2,747 resident workers)
  • Education (+1,532 resident workers)

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