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Field of qualifications of workforce

In the Whanganui District, there were more people in the workforce with a Health qualification than any other field of qualification in 2013.

Field of Qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. Field of study for lower level qualifications are not collected.

Fields of study relate to the type of work and types of industries in the area, but may also indicate people working in areas which don’t match their training. As with other workforce related topics, field of study helps to build up a picture of the economic and employment role of an area, as distinct from its residential role.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Workforce Industries , Workforce Occupation and Workforce Level of Qualification data as well as Field and Level of Qualifications data for the residents for a clearer picture of the skills available in Whanganui District's workforce.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Workforce, by place of work, regardless of residence

Workforce field of qualifications
Whanganui District20132006Change
Highest qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2006 to 2013
Agriculture, environmental and related studies2881.91.32551.71.2+33
Architecture and building5253.42.64412.92.5+84
Creative arts3482.22.22731.81.7+75
Education8345.43.47234.73.2+111
Engineering and related technologies1,2067.86.61,2518.26.7-45
Food, hospitality and personal services4472.91.84052.61.7+42
Health1,2217.94.41,0506.84.3+171
Information technology1080.71.31080.71.10
Management and commerce9155.96.98525.66.5+63
Natural and physical sciences1831.22.01681.11.8+15
Society and culture9306.05.69156.05.3+15
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)4352.82.22491.61.1+186
No post-school qualification7,31147.147.07,81550.950.9-504
Not stated / included7745.012.58405.512.0-66

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

Workforce field of qualifications, 2013
Workforce 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: 1.9% Architecture and building, Whanganui District: 3.4% Creative arts, Whanganui District: 2.2% Education, Whanganui District: 5.4% Engineering and related technologies, Whanganui District: 7.8% Food, hospitality and personal services, Whanganui District: 2.9% Health, Whanganui District: 7.9% Information technology, Whanganui District: 0.7% Management and commerce, Whanganui District: 5.9% Natural and physical sciences, Whanganui District: 1.2% Society and culture, Whanganui District: 6.0%
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings, 2013
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in workforce field of qualifications, 2006 to 2013
Change in workforce field of qualifications, 2006 to 2013 Agriculture, environmental and related studies, Whanganui District: +33 Architecture and building, Whanganui District: +84 Creative arts, Whanganui District: +75 Education, Whanganui District: +111 Engineering and related technologies, Whanganui District: -45 Food, hospitality and personal services, Whanganui District: +42 Health, Whanganui District: +171 Information technology, Whanganui District: 0 Management and commerce, Whanganui District: +63 Natural and physical sciences, Whanganui District: +15 Society and culture, Whanganui District: +15
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 of the workforce in the Whanganui District shows that the three largest fields the population was qualified in were:

  • Health (1,221 people or 7.9%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (1,206 people or 7.8%)
  • Society and culture (930 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,357 people in total or 21.6% of the workforce.

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

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

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of health (7.9% compared to 4.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of education (5.4% compared to 3.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of engineering and related technologies (7.8% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of food, hospitality and personal services (2.9% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Health (+171 people)
  • Education (+111 people)
  • Architecture and building (+84 people)
  • Creative arts (+75 people)
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