Wollongong City

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce in Wollongong City 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 Wollongong City'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 Wollongong City or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Wollongong City, 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

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Wollongong City - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. New South WalesNumber%. New South Wales2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,9252.22.11,6742.02.0+251
Information Technology1,7872.03.01,5871.92.6+200
Engineering and Related Technologies11,76813.310.411,85614.310.8-88
Architecture and Building4,3925.04.43,7564.54.1+636
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,0591.21.59711.21.5+88
Management and Commerce12,12413.717.110,48012.615.5+1,644
Society and Culture7,9869.08.86,4577.87.6+1,529
Creative Arts2,3592.73.11,7652.12.7+594
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,0293.43.32,6703.23.2+359
Mixed Field Programmes720.10.1470.10.1+25
Not stated or inadequately described2,1482.42.72,6483.23.5-500
No qualification26,59630.131.128,11033.934.8-1,514
Total Persons88,248100.0100.082,857100.0100.0+5,391

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 field of qualifications in Wollongong City shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (12,124 people or 13.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (11,768 people or 13.3%)
  • Society and Culture (7,986 people or 9.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 31,878 people in total or 36.1% of the resident workers (All industries).

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 field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Wollongong City and New South Wales were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.7% compared to 17.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (13.3% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (6.7% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (2.0% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Wollongong City increased by 5,391 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+1,644 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,529 resident workers)
  • Health (+1,451 resident workers)
  • Education (+716 resident workers)

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