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The Wellington Region

Field of qualifications

In the Wellington Region, there were more people with a Society and culture qualification than any other field of qualification in 2013.

The field of qualification information indicates, for the highest qualification the person has received, what was the primary field of study. This is likely to have some relationship to the person’s current occupation, but this is not necessarily the case. The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The aspirations of people to enter a particular industry or profession;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification, and;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

In the Wellington Region, the population's field of qualifications, in conjunction with Income statistics, Occupations and Educational Qualifications, is an important indicator of the skills that are available in the community.

Derived from the Census question:

'Print your highest qualification level and the main subject.'

Persons aged 15 years and over

Field of qualifications
Wellington Region20132006Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, environmental and related studies3,1290.81.12,8500.81.1+279
Architecture and building10,4852.82.49,2762.62.4+1,209
Creative arts12,8313.42.39,3122.61.8+3,519
Education12,5013.33.311,4483.23.1+1,053
Engineering and related technologies22,7226.06.622,1406.26.7+582
Food, hospitality and personal services6,9091.81.86,1021.71.6+807
Health16,0894.24.314,6194.14.1+1,470
Information technology8,1962.21.56,3181.81.3+1,878
Management and commerce31,1978.27.429,3348.26.9+1,863
Natural and physical sciences10,2062.72.08,7752.51.8+1,431
Society and culture34,9149.25.730,8948.75.4+4,020
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)7,9982.12.24,1401.21.1+3,858
No post-school qualification160,46442.346.4164,94046.350.1-4,476
Not stated / included41,67011.012.936,36610.212.5+5,304

Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2006 and 2013. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

Field of qualifications, 2013
Field of qualifications, 2013 Agriculture, environmental and related studies, North Island: 1.1% Architecture and building, North Island: 2.4% Creative arts, North Island: 2.3% Education, North Island: 3.3% Engineering and related technologies, North Island: 6.6% Food, hospitality and personal services, North Island: 1.8% Health, North Island: 4.3% Information technology, North Island: 1.5% Management and commerce, North Island: 7.4% Natural and physical sciences, North Island: 2.0% Society and culture, North Island: 5.7% Agriculture, environmental and related studies, Wellington Region: 0.8% Architecture and building, Wellington Region: 2.8% Creative arts, Wellington Region: 3.4% Education, Wellington Region: 3.3% Engineering and related technologies, Wellington Region: 6.0% Food, hospitality and personal services, Wellington Region: 1.8% Health, Wellington Region: 4.2% Information technology, Wellington Region: 2.2% Management and commerce, Wellington Region: 8.2% Natural and physical sciences, Wellington Region: 2.7% Society and culture, Wellington Region: 9.2%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in field of qualifications, 2006 to 2013
Change in field of qualifications, 2006 to 2013 Agriculture, environmental and related studies, Wellington Region: +279 Architecture and building, Wellington Region: +1,209 Creative arts, Wellington Region: +3,519 Education, Wellington Region: +1,053 Engineering and related technologies, Wellington Region: +582 Food, hospitality and personal services, Wellington Region: +807 Health, Wellington Region: +1,470 Information technology, Wellington Region: +1,878 Management and commerce, Wellington Region: +1,863 Natural and physical sciences, Wellington Region: +1,431 Society and culture, Wellington Region: +4,020
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2006 and 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Wellington Region shows that the three largest fields the population was qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (34,914 people or 9.2%)
  • Management and commerce (31,197 people or 8.2%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (22,722 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 88,833 people in total or 23.4% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, North Island had 5.7% people who studied Society and culture; 7.4% who studied Management and commerce; and 6.6% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (9.2% compared to 5.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (3.4% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (8.2% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Information technology (2.2% compared to 1.5%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in the Wellington Region between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Society and culture (+4,020 people)
  • Creative arts (+3,519 people)
  • Information technology (+1,878 people)
  • Management and commerce (+1,863 people)

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