Majority of Employed Australians Find Their Qualifications Relevant to their Jobs, ABS Study Shows

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According to the latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the majority of employed individuals aged 15-74 years with one or more non-school qualifications found that their highest qualification was relevant to their current job.

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Among this group, 42 percent expressed a lack of interest in their highest qualification’s field or desired a career change.

Additionally, 24 percent reported that the lack of available positions in their field of study led them to pursue employment in a different sector.

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Plumb noted that the proportion of individuals with one or more non-school qualifications had risen to 67 percent in 2022-23, compared to 62 percent in 2018-19.

Simultaneously, the percentage of individuals without any qualifications had decreased to 33 percent from 38 percent during the same period.

Among those with non-school qualifications, the study found that 51 percent were women (6.

This ABS study sheds light on the importance of non-school qualifications in the modern workforce.

Despite some individuals not working directly in their field of study, having a relevant qualification still offers an advantage in securing employment.

As the job market continues to evolve, individuals are becoming more adaptable and seeking opportunities beyond their initial qualifications.