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Kāpiti Coast DistrictCommunity profile

Paraparaumu Beach West

Field of qualifications

In Paraparaumu Beach West, 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 Paraparaumu Beach West, 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
Paraparaumu Beach West20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) %Number%Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies150.71.690.51.8+6
Architecture and building572.82.7633.34.1-6
Creative arts452.22.7482.51.8-3
Engineering and related technologies1236.15.31236.57.60
Food, hospitality and personal services271.31.6452.41.8-18
Information technology301.51.1180.91.2+12
Management and commerce1748.77.51477.77.0+27
Natural and physical sciences422.13.2422.22.90
Society and culture1447.26.41176.17.6+27
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)1507.57.5422.21.2+108
No post-school qualification90344.944.991247.944.4-9
Not stated / included1055.24.31809.48.8-75
Total population aged 15+2,010100.0100.01,905100.0100.0+105
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 Paraparaumu Beach West shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (174 people or 8.7%)
  • Society and culture (144 people or 7.2%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (123 people or 6.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 441 people in total or 21.9% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) had 7.5% people who studied Management and commerce; 6.4% who studied Society and culture; and 5.3% who studied Engineering and related technologies.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Paraparaumu Beach West and Forest Lakes (Kapiti Coast District) were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (8.7% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (5.1% compared to 7.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Natural and physical sciences (2.1% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Agriculture, environmental and related studies (0.7% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the population in Paraparaumu Beach West between 2013 and 2018 were:

  • Management and commerce (+27 people)
  • Society and culture (+27 people)
  • Education (+18 people)
  • Food, hospitality and personal services (-18 people)

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