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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Within The Hills Shire, there are more with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in The Hills Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in The Hills Shire.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, The Hills Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
The Hills Shire - All industries20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%New South Wales %Number%New South Wales %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,3412.12.11,2552.22.0+86
Information Technology2,5594.03.02,3224.12.6+237
Engineering and Related Technologies6,54510.210.45,4379.610.8+1,108
Architecture and Building2,7394.34.42,0943.74.0+645
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies6661.01.56441.11.5+22
Health4,0806.47.13,0595.46.4+1,021
Education3,4585.45.42,9415.25.1+517
Management and Commerce12,48719.617.110,31018.215.5+2,177
Society and Culture4,8607.68.83,3756.07.6+1,485
Creative Arts1,7992.83.11,3962.52.7+403
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2,2203.53.31,9153.43.2+305
Mixed Field Programmes480.10.1270.00.1+21
Not stated or inadequately described1,2752.02.71,7153.03.5-440
No qualification19,79031.031.120,06635.534.9-276

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, New South Wales: 2.1% Information Technology, New South Wales: 3.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, New South Wales: 10.4% Architecture and Building, New South Wales: 4.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, New South Wales: 1.5% Health, New South Wales: 7.1% Education, New South Wales: 5.4% Management and Commerce, New South Wales: 17.1% Society and Culture, New South Wales: 8.8% Creative Arts, New South Wales: 3.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, New South Wales: 3.3% Mixed Field Programmes, New South Wales: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, New South Wales: 2.7% No qualification, New South Wales: 31.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, The Hills Shire: 2.1% Information Technology, The Hills Shire: 4.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, The Hills Shire: 10.2% Architecture and Building, The Hills Shire: 4.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, The Hills Shire: 1.0% Health, The Hills Shire: 6.4% Education, The Hills Shire: 5.4% Management and Commerce, The Hills Shire: 19.6% Society and Culture, The Hills Shire: 7.6% Creative Arts, The Hills Shire: 2.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, The Hills Shire: 3.5% Mixed Field Programmes, The Hills Shire: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, The Hills Shire: 2.0% No qualification, The Hills Shire: 31.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, The Hills Shire - All industries: +86 Information Technology, The Hills Shire - All industries: +237 Engineering and Related Technologies, The Hills Shire - All industries: +1,108 Architecture and Building, The Hills Shire - All industries: +645 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, The Hills Shire - All industries: +22 Health, The Hills Shire - All industries: +1,021 Education, The Hills Shire - All industries: +517 Management and Commerce, The Hills Shire - All industries: +2,177 Society and Culture, The Hills Shire - All industries: +1,485 Creative Arts, The Hills Shire - All industries: +403 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, The Hills Shire - All industries: +305 Mixed Field Programmes, The Hills Shire - All industries: +21 Not stated or inadequately described, The Hills Shire - All industries: -440 No qualification, The Hills Shire - All industries: -276
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (12,487 people or 19.6%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (6,545 people or 10.2%)
  • Society and Culture (4,860 people or 7.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 23,892 people in total or 37.4% of the .

In comparison, New South Wales employed 17.1% in Management and Commerce; 10.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 8.8% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in The Hills Shire and New South Wales were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (19.6% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (4.0% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (7.6% compared to 8.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (6.4% compared to 7.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the workforce in The Hills Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+2,177 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,485 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+1,108 local workers)
  • Health (+1,021 local workers)

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