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Wellington Region

Field of qualifications

In the Wellington Region, 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 the Wellington Region, 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.'

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
Wellington Region20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%North Island %Number%North Island %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies3,0660.71.03,1290.81.1-63
Architecture and building9,7832.42.110,4852.82.4-702
Creative arts14,6733.62.312,8313.42.3+1,842
Engineering and related technologies24,1535.86.222,7226.06.6+1,431
Food, hospitality and personal services6,3451.51.56,9091.81.8-564
Information technology9,0212.21.48,1962.21.5+825
Management and commerce37,9149.28.431,1978.27.4+6,717
Natural and physical sciences12,0062.92.110,2062.72.0+1,800
Society and culture38,8929.45.834,9149.25.7+3,978
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)29,8417.29.37,9982.12.2+21,843
No post-school qualification168,39640.843.8160,46442.346.4+7,932
Not stated / included22,9355.67.541,67011.012.9-18,735
Total population aged 15+412,911100.0100.0379,311100.0100.0+33,600
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 the Wellington Region shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (38,892 people or 9.4%)
  • Management and commerce (37,914 people or 9.2%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (24,153 people or 5.8%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 100,959 people in total or 24.5% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, North Island had 5.8% people who studied Society and culture; 8.4% who studied Management and commerce; and 6.2% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in the Wellington Region and North Island were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (9.4% compared to 5.8%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (3.6% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (9.2% compared to 8.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Information technology (2.2% compared to 1.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and commerce (+6,717 people)
  • Society and culture (+3,978 people)
  • Education (+3,969 people)
  • Health (+3,327 people)

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