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Kāpiti Coast DistrictCommunity profile

Kāpiti Coast District

Field of qualifications

In Kāpiti Coast District, 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 Kāpiti Coast District, 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
Kāpiti Coast District20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies3900.90.73480.90.8+42
Architecture and building1,2182.72.41,3053.32.8-87
Creative arts1,1012.53.61,0502.63.4+51
Engineering and related technologies2,6676.05.82,7486.96.0-81
Food, hospitality and personal services7741.71.57862.01.8-12
Information technology5911.32.24891.22.2+102
Management and commerce3,2317.39.22,6406.68.2+591
Natural and physical sciences9752.22.97681.92.7+207
Society and culture3,4087.79.42,8237.19.2+585
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)3,2587.37.29842.52.1+2,274
No post-school qualification19,80344.640.818,07845.142.3+1,725
Not stated / included2,4875.65.64,57211.411.0-2,085
Total population aged 15+44,397100.0100.040,041100.0100.0+4,356
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
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Dominant groups

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

  • Society and culture (3,408 people or 7.7%)
  • Management and commerce (3,231 people or 7.3%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (2,667 people or 6.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 9,306 people in total or 21.0% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Wellington Region had 9.4% people who studied Society and culture; 9.2% who studied Management and commerce; and 5.8% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Kāpiti Coast District and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Education (4.9% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (7.3% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (7.7% compared to 9.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (2.5% compared to 3.6%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and commerce (+591 people)
  • Education (+588 people)
  • Society and culture (+585 people)
  • Health (+456 people)

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