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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Wollongong City - Persons||2021||2016||Change|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||New South Wales||Number||%||New South Wales||2016 - 2021|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||2,290||2.3||2.3||1,925||2.2||2.1||+365|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||12,176||12.4||10.0||11,768||13.3||10.4||+408|
|Architecture and Building||4,908||5.0||4.3||4,392||5.0||4.4||+516|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||1,247||1.3||1.5||1,059||1.2||1.5||+188|
|Management and Commerce||14,215||14.5||18.3||12,124||13.7||17.1||+2,091|
|Society and Culture||10,015||10.2||9.7||7,986||9.0||8.8||+2,029|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||3,243||3.3||3.2||3,029||3.4||3.3||+214|
|Mixed Field Programmes||49||0.0||0.1||72||0.1||0.1||-23|
|Not stated or inadequately described||2,316||2.4||2.8||2,148||2.4||2.7||+168|
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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 (14,215 people or 14.5%)
- Engineering and Related Technologies (12,176 people or 12.4%)
- Society and Culture (10,015 people or 10.2%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 36,406 people in total or 37.1% 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 Wollongong City and New South Wales were:
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (14.5% compared to 18.3%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.4% compared to 10.0%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (2.4% compared to 3.7%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Education (7.0% compared to 5.7%)
The number of resident workers (All industries) in Wollongong City increased by 9,758 between 2016 and 2021.
The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in Wollongong City was for those qualified in:
- Management and Commerce (+2,091 resident workers)
- Society and Culture (+2,029 resident workers)
- Health (+1,848 resident workers)
- Education (+892 resident workers)