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Ruapehu District CouncilCommunity profile

Ruapehu District

Field of qualifications

In Ruapehu District, 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 Ruapehu 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
Ruapehu District20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %Number%Manawatu-Wanganui Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies2282.41.62582.81.7-30
Architecture and building2042.12.02042.22.40
Creative arts1141.21.51081.21.4+6
Engineering and related technologies4084.35.44505.06.0-42
Food, hospitality and personal services1441.51.81561.71.9-12
Information technology540.60.8690.80.8-15
Management and commerce4264.45.43393.74.5+87
Natural and physical sciences900.91.8901.01.80
Society and culture3423.64.83483.84.4-6
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)1,16412.18.81862.02.1+978
No post-school qualification4,90251.150.14,98955.052.0-87
Not stated / included8528.96.41,31714.512.8-465
Total population aged 15+9,591100.0100.09,075100.0100.0+516
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 Ruapehu District shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Management and commerce (426 people or 4.4%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (408 people or 4.3%)
  • Society and culture (342 people or 3.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,176 people in total or 12.3% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, Manawatu-Wanganui Region had 5.4% people who studied Management and commerce; 5.4% who studied Engineering and related technologies; and 4.8% who studied Society and culture.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Ruapehu District and Manawatu-Wanganui Region were:

  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (3.4% compared to 5.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (3.6% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Engineering and related technologies (4.3% compared to 5.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (4.4% compared to 5.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and commerce (+87 people)
  • Health (+54 people)
  • Education (+48 people)
  • Engineering and related technologies (-42 people)

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