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Field of qualifications

In the Whanganui District, there were more people with a Engineering and related technologies 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 Whanganui District, 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
Whanganui District20132006Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, environmental and related studies4471.31.34081.21.2+39
Architecture and building9422.82.68312.52.5+111
Creative arts6031.82.25281.61.7+75
Education1,2033.63.41,0653.23.2+138
Engineering and related technologies1,9505.86.62,0136.06.7-63
Food, hospitality and personal services7112.11.86271.91.7+84
Health1,6474.94.41,5304.64.3+117
Information technology1860.61.32100.61.1-24
Management and commerce1,3263.96.91,2903.96.5+36
Natural and physical sciences2700.82.02520.81.8+18
Society and culture1,4224.25.61,3894.25.3+33
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)7412.22.24561.41.1+285
No post-school qualification17,20851.247.018,16254.450.9-954
Not stated / included4,97714.812.54,64113.912.0+336

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, New Zealand: 1.3% Architecture and building, New Zealand: 2.6% Creative arts, New Zealand: 2.2% Education, New Zealand: 3.4% Engineering and related technologies, New Zealand: 6.6% Food, hospitality and personal services, New Zealand: 1.8% Health, New Zealand: 4.4% Information technology, New Zealand: 1.3% Management and commerce, New Zealand: 6.9% Natural and physical sciences, New Zealand: 2.0% Society and culture, New Zealand: 5.6% Agriculture, environmental and related studies, Whanganui District: 1.3% Architecture and building, Whanganui District: 2.8% Creative arts, Whanganui District: 1.8% Education, Whanganui District: 3.6% Engineering and related technologies, Whanganui District: 5.8% Food, hospitality and personal services, Whanganui District: 2.1% Health, Whanganui District: 4.9% Information technology, Whanganui District: 0.6% Management and commerce, Whanganui District: 3.9% Natural and physical sciences, Whanganui District: 0.8% Society and culture, Whanganui District: 4.2%
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, Whanganui District: +39 Architecture and building, Whanganui District: +111 Creative arts, Whanganui District: +75 Education, Whanganui District: +138 Engineering and related technologies, Whanganui District: -63 Food, hospitality and personal services, Whanganui District: +84 Health, Whanganui District: +117 Information technology, Whanganui District: -24 Management and commerce, Whanganui District: +36 Natural and physical sciences, Whanganui District: +18 Society and culture, Whanganui District: +33
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 Whanganui District shows that the three largest fields the population was qualified in were:

  • Engineering and related technologies (1,950 people or 5.8%)
  • Health (1,647 people or 4.9%)
  • Society and culture (1,422 people or 4.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 5,019 people in total or 14.9% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, New Zealand had 6.6% people who studied Engineering and related technologies; 4.4% who studied Health; and 5.6% who studied Society and culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in the Whanganui District and New Zealand were:

  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (3.9% compared to 6.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (4.2% compared to 5.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Natural and physical sciences (0.8% compared to 2.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Engineering and related technologies (5.8% compared to 6.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in the Whanganui District between 2006 and 2013 were:

  • Education (+138 people)
  • Health (+117 people)
  • Architecture and building (+111 people)
  • Food, hospitality and personal services (+84 people)

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