Sutherland Shire

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Sutherland Shire 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 Sutherland Shire'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 Sutherland Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Sutherland Shire, 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 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Sutherland Shire - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences2,6332.22.32,3262.12.1+307
Information Technology2,9582.53.72,4242.13.0+534
Engineering and Related Technologies12,94111.010.013,49212.010.4-551
Architecture and Building7,0116.04.36,4105.74.4+601
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,1971.01.51,1581.01.5+39
Management and Commerce23,34919.918.320,77718.417.1+2,572
Society and Culture10,9199.39.79,3778.38.8+1,542
Creative Arts4,1343.53.43,2102.83.1+924
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,4673.03.23,6013.23.3-134
Mixed Field Programmes590.10.1760.10.1-17
Not stated or inadequately described2,6662.32.82,4252.22.7+241
No qualification29,08724.827.032,39528.731.1-3,308
Total Persons117,426100.0100.0112,766100.0100.0+4,660

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

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

  • Management and Commerce (23,349 people or 19.9%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (12,941 people or 11.0%)
  • Society and Culture (10,919 people or 9.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 47,209 people in total or 40.2% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, New South Wales employed 18.3% in Management and Commerce; 10.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 9.7% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Sutherland Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Architecture and Building (6.0% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (19.9% compared to 18.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (7.1% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (2.5% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Sutherland Shire increased by 4,660 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in Sutherland Shire was for those qualified in:

  • Management and Commerce (+2,572 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,542 resident workers)
  • Health (+1,318 resident workers)
  • Creative Arts (+924 resident workers)

Sutherland Shire Council

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