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Wellington CityCommunity profile

Wellington City

Field of qualifications

In Wellington City, 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 Wellington City, 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 City20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%Wellington Region %Number%Wellington Region %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies9330.50.71,0080.60.8-75
Architecture and building3,7202.22.43,8552.42.8-135
Creative arts9,2795.53.68,1545.23.4+1,125
Engineering and related technologies9,6305.75.88,3585.36.0+1,272
Food, hospitality and personal services2,1571.31.52,5111.61.8-354
Information technology4,8542.92.24,5452.92.2+309
Management and commerce19,00211.29.216,32010.38.2+2,682
Natural and physical sciences6,6783.92.95,7183.62.7+960
Society and culture22,56613.39.421,37813.59.2+1,188
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)10,0625.97.23,1982.02.1+6,864
No post-school qualification57,79834.040.856,00435.442.3+1,794
Not stated / included8,5145.05.614,6799.311.0-6,165
Total population aged 15+169,884100.0100.0157,992100.0100.0+11,892
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 Wellington City shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Society and culture (22,566 people or 13.3%)
  • Management and commerce (19,002 people or 11.2%)
  • Engineering and related technologies (9,630 people or 5.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 51,198 people in total or 30.1% 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 Wellington City and Wellington Region were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (13.3% compared to 9.4%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (11.2% compared to 9.2%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (5.5% compared to 3.6%)
  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Natural and physical sciences (3.9% compared to 2.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and commerce (+2,682 people)
  • Education (+1,302 people)
  • Engineering and related technologies (+1,272 people)
  • Society and culture (+1,188 people)

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