Sunshine Coast

Local workers - Qualifications - All industries

In Sunshine Coast, the workforce has a lower proportion with University qualifications compared to Queensland.

Qualification levels help to evaluate the economic opportunities and socio-economic status of local workers in a particular industry.

The level of qualifications in a workforce relate to a number of factors including:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The skill and qualification level required to enter an industry;
  • The professional or working ambitions of people (to seek education as youth or retraining as adults);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling.

Educational Qualification statistics should be looked at in conjunction with Field of qualification and Occupations data for a full education analysis for Sunshine Coast.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers qualifications
Sunshine Coast - All industries 20212016Change
Qualification levelNumber%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Bachelor or Higher degree37,16927.329.325,69823.225.1+11,471
Advanced Diploma or Diploma17,26312.711.313,77412.410.9+3,489
Certificate I and II Level2,1841.61.51,5661.41.3+618
Certificate III & IV Level33,45524.623.226,62024.023.0+6,835
Certificate Level, nfd2,7572.01.82,5622.32.0+195
No qualification40,38229.630.737,70334.035.0+2,679
Inadequately described or not stated3,0592.22.22,9282.62.7+131
Total Persons136,269100.0100.0110,851100.0100.0+25,418

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the qualifications of the in Sunshine Coast in 2021 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a lower proportion with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 68.1% of the workers who held educational qualifications, and 29.6% had no qualifications, compared with 67.1% and 30.7% respectively for Queensland.

The major differences between the qualifications held by the workforce of Sunshine Coast and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers with Bachelor or Higher degree (27.3% compared to 29.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Certificate III & IV Level (24.6% compared to 23.2%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers with Advanced Diploma or Diploma (12.7% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers with No qualification (29.6% compared to 30.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the qualifications held by the workforce in Sunshine Coast between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Bachelor or Higher degree (+11,471 local workers)
  • Certificate III & IV Level (+6,835 local workers)
  • Advanced Diploma or Diploma (+3,489 local workers)
  • No qualification (+2,679 local workers)

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