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Field of qualifications

In Riverview, there were more people with a Engineering and related technologies 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 Riverview, 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
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Far North District %Number%Far North District %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies362.11.7211.51.9+15
Architecture and building513.02.2392.72.6+12
Creative arts452.61.2453.11.40
Engineering and related technologies1267.34.71147.95.6+12
Food, hospitality and personal services271.61.4211.51.7+6
Information technology60.30.5120.80.6-6
Management and commerce1237.24.3906.23.7+33
Natural and physical sciences452.61.3332.31.1+12
Society and culture935.44.3755.24.0+18
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)1025.914.2453.12.3+57
No post-school qualification74743.545.663644.048.7+111
Not stated / included1025.910.814410.019.2-42
Total population aged 15+1,719100.0100.01,446100.0100.0+273
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 Riverview shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and related technologies (126 people or 7.3%)
  • Management and commerce (123 people or 7.2%)
  • Education (108 people or 6.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 357 people in total or 20.8% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Far North District had 4.7% people who studied Engineering and related technologies; 4.3% who studied Management and commerce; and 4.0% who studied Education.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Riverview and Far North District were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (7.2% compared to 4.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Engineering and related technologies (7.3% compared to 4.7%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (6.3% compared to 3.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Education (6.3% compared to 4.0%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Education (+36 people)
  • Management and commerce (+33 people)
  • Society and culture (+18 people)
  • Agriculture, environmental and related studies (+15 people)

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