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Whangarei District Council

Field of qualifications

In Whangarei District Council, there were more people with a Engineering and related technologies 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 Whangarei District Council, 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
Whangarei District Council20182013Change
Field of highest qualification levelNumber%New Zealand %Number%New Zealand %2013 to 2018
Agriculture, environmental and related studies1,0591.51.29721.61.3+87
Architecture and building1,7822.52.31,7642.92.6+18
Creative arts1,0891.52.28431.42.2+246
Engineering and related technologies4,7616.66.24,4527.46.6+309
Food, hospitality and personal services1,2001.71.61,0351.71.8+165
Information technology5580.81.35250.91.3+33
Management and commerce3,8735.48.02,8234.76.9+1,050
Natural and physical sciences1,0741.52.28221.42.0+252
Society and culture3,1744.45.72,3974.05.6+777
Field of study not given (Although level of attainment given)7,51810.58.81,3052.22.2+6,213
No post-school qualification33,26446.344.728,96547.947.0+4,299
Not stated / included4,9746.97.18,87714.712.5-3,903
Total population aged 15+71,835100.0100.060,432100.0100.0+11,403
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 Whangarei District Council shows that the three largest fields the population were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and related technologies (4,761 people or 6.6%)
  • Health (4,404 people or 6.1%)
  • Management and commerce (3,873 people or 5.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 13,038 people in total or 18.1% of the population aged 15 years and over.

In comparison, New Zealand had 6.2% people who studied Engineering and related technologies; 4.8% who studied Health; and 8.0% who studied Management and commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the population in Whangarei District Council and New Zealand were:

  • A larger percentage of people qualified in the field of Health (6.1% compared to 4.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Management and commerce (5.4% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Society and culture (4.4% compared to 5.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of people qualified in the field of Creative arts (1.5% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Management and commerce (+1,050 people)
  • Health (+999 people)
  • Education (+858 people)
  • Society and culture (+777 people)

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