Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Engineering and Related Technologies is the most common qualification for workers in Whitsunday.

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 Whitsunday;
  • 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 Whitsunday.

Data source

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, Whitsunday 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
Whitsunday - All industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1500.991.671300.851.54+20
Information Technology810.531.79900.591.61-9
Engineering and Related Technologies2,16714.3411.442,14414.1511.58+23
Architecture and Building7084.684.816904.554.57+18
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3262.151.492481.631.44+78
Management and Commerce1,54710.2413.551,2688.3711.66+279
Society and Culture9106.027.956764.466.55+234
Creative Arts2001.322.221941.281.88+6
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services9956.584.008205.413.68+175
Mixed Field Programmes300.190.10110.070.06+19
Not stated or inadequately described5303.502.575603.693.28-30
No qualification5,95139.4035.007,07346.6940.59-1,122
Total Persons15,104100.00100.0015,146100.00100.00-42

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 fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (2,167 people or 14.3%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,547 people or 10.2%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (995 people or 6.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,709 people in total or31.2% of All industries.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.6% in Management and Commerce and 4.0% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Whitsunday and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (10.2% compared to 13.6%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (14.3% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (4.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (6.6% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Whitsunday between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+279.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+234.00 local workers)
  • Education (+182.00 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+175.00 local workers)

Whitsunday Regional Council

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