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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Tablelands 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 Tablelands'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 Tablelands or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Tablelands, 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
Tablelands - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1491.51.71521.61.5-3
Information Technology450.51.8510.51.6-6
Engineering and Related Technologies1,21912.611.61,21212.611.6+7
Architecture and Building4975.14.84855.04.6+12
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3193.31.52953.11.4+24
Management and Commerce8088.413.57267.511.7+82
Society and Culture6326.57.94985.26.6+134
Creative Arts1001.02.2991.01.9+1
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3854.04.03633.83.7+22
Mixed Field Programmes100.10.1100.10.1--
Not stated or inadequately described3373.52.63793.93.3-42
No qualification3,67538.035.04,07842.340.6-403
Total Persons9,660100.0100.09,636100.0100.0+24

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 Tablelands shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,219 people or 12.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (808 people or 8.4%)
  • Health (750 people or 7.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,777 people in total or 28.7% of the resident workers (All industries).

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

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

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.4% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (7.6% compared to 5.6%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (3.3% compared to 1.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.5% compared to 7.9%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Tablelands increased by 24 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Society and Culture (+134 resident workers)
  • Health (+114 resident workers)
  • Education (+82 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+82 resident workers)

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