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Dunedin City

Field of qualifications

In Dunedin City, there were more people with a Society and culture 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 Dunedin City, 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.


Derived from the Census question:

'Print the main subject of your highest qualification.'

Field of qualifications
Dunedin City20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Otago Region %Number%Otago Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies1,0171.01.59871.01.6+30
Architecture and building2,5442.42.92,8112.83.3-267
Creative arts2,5472.42.22,2232.22.0+324
Engineering and related technologies5,7245.45.65,7545.75.9-30
Food, hospitality and personal services1,7701.71.91,8511.82.2-81
Information technology1,2211.10.91,0801.10.8+141
Management and commerce6,4806.16.75,2655.25.4+1,215
Natural and physical sciences4,1823.93.03,7143.72.8+468
Society and culture7,3866.96.06,7806.75.9+606
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)6,9756.67.22,2202.22.4+4,755
No post-school qualification49,59346.645.747,97647.647.5+1,617
Not stated / included5,4935.26.610,71010.611.4-5,217
Total population aged 15+106,344100.0100.0100,827100.0100.0+5,517
Source: Statistics New Zealand, Census of Population and Dwellings 2013 and 2018. Compiled and presented in 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 Dunedin City shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (7,386 people or 6.9%)
  • Health (6,870 people or 6.5%)
  • Management and commerce (6,480 people or 6.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 20,736 people in total or 19.5% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Otago Region had 6.0% people who studied Society and culture; 5.7% who studied Health; and 6.7% who studied Management and commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Dunedin City and Otago Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Natural and physical sciences (3.9% compared to 3.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (6.9% compared to 6.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (6.5% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (6.1% compared to 6.7%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in Dunedin City between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+1,215 people)
  • Health (+1,092 people)
  • Education (+864 people)
  • Society and culture (+606 people)

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