Cassowary Coast

Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in the Cassowary Coast than in any other field.

Field of qualification presents the primary field of study for the highest qualification the person has received. While this is likely to have some relationship to their current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The presence of specific qualifications among the Cassowary Coast's resident workforce, which are not used by local industry, may indicate an opportunity for a new industry to move into the area and access a ready labour force.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the population;
  • The types of industries and occupations located in the Cassowary Coast or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of the Cassowary Coast, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

Field of Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 and 2021 – by usual residence

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Cassowary Coast - Persons20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences1571.31.81231.01.7+34
Information Technology700.62.1590.51.8+11
Engineering and Related Technologies1,55712.611.01,69814.111.6-141
Architecture and Building5434.44.55494.54.8-6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies3763.11.53713.11.5+5
Management and Commerce1,0878.814.79587.913.5+129
Society and Culture7756.39.16735.67.9+102
Creative Arts1221.02.61080.92.2+14
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5494.54.24663.94.0+83
Mixed Field Programmes100.10.1200.20.1-10
Not stated or inadequately described5464.43.04423.72.6+104
No qualification5,03140.930.65,33744.235.0-306
Total Persons12,313100.0100.012,083100.0100.0+230

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in the Cassowary Coast shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,557 people or 12.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (1,087 people or 8.8%)
  • Society and Culture (775 people or 6.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 3,419 people in total or 27.8% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 14.7% in Management and Commerce and 9.1% in Society and Culture.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of the Cassowary Coast and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.8% compared to 14.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (5.9% compared to 8.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Society and Culture (6.3% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (12.6% compared to 11.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in the Cassowary Coast increased by 230 between 2016 and 2021.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2016 and 2021 in the Cassowary Coast was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-141 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+129 resident workers)
  • Health (+120 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (+104 resident workers)

Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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