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Ashburton District Council

Field of qualifications

In Ashburton District Council, there were more people with a Management and commerce qualification than any other field of qualification in 2018.

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 Ashburton District Council, 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.

Please note:Stats NZ has given Field of qualification data for the 2018 Census a quality rating of "poor". This indicates there may be some minor issues looking at the comparisons to 2013 and 2006. Users should avoid concluding that any change in the categories is purely due to real world change. See Stats NZ’s DataInfo+ for specific information on what this rating means and recommendations for use.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Note: This page includes data from the 2018 Census. Between 2013 and 2018, the geographical classification was changed, and with it many boundaries were altered. As a result, you may see different small area options when comparing to pages that do not yet show 2018 data. Learn more.

Field of qualifications
Ashburton District Council20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies9363.51.28643.51.3+72
Architecture and building5552.12.36452.62.6-90
Creative arts2070.82.21980.82.2+9
Education9543.63.97443.03.4+210
Engineering and related technologies1,4645.56.21,4225.86.6+42
Food, hospitality and personal services4831.81.65042.01.8-21
Health1,1854.54.89513.94.4+234
Information technology1170.41.31050.41.3+12
Management and commerce1,6806.38.01,1494.76.9+531
Natural and physical sciences2971.12.22611.12.0+36
Society and culture7442.85.76752.75.6+69
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)1,9207.28.85042.02.2+1,416
No post-school qualification14,42454.244.713,63255.447.0+792
Not stated / included1,6446.27.12,96112.012.5-1,317
Total population aged 15+26,610100.0100.024,615100.0100.0+1,995
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.
Stats NZ data quality rating: Poor
Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Ashburton District Council shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (1,680 people or 6.3%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (1,464 people or 5.5%)
  • Health (1,185 people or 4.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,329 people in total or 16.3% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, New Zealand had 8.0% people who studied Management and commerce; 6.2% who studied Engineering and related technologies; and 4.8% who studied Health.

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

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Agriculture, environmental and related studies (3.5% compared to 1.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (2.8% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (6.3% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (0.8% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in Ashburton District Council between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+531 people)
  • Health (+234 people)
  • Education (+210 people)
  • Architecture and building (-90 people)

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