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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies in Cook Shire 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 Cook Shire'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 Cook Shire or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Cook Shire, 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 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Current industry:
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Resident workers field of qualification
Cook Shire - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Financial and Insurance ServicesNumber%. Financial and Insurance Services2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences211.20171.10+4
Information Technology110.60120.80-1
Engineering and Related Technologies20812.2018911.80+19
Architecture and Building875.10855.30+2
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies875.10613.80+26
Management and Commerce1458.501157.20+30
Society and Culture1076.30895.60+18
Creative Arts352.10171.10+18
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services694.10613.80+8
Mixed Field Programmes000000--
Not stated or inadequately described1015.90855.30+16
No qualification57934.1068042.6100.0-101
Total Persons1,698100.0100.01,595100.0100.0+103

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id informed decisions

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Dominant groups

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (208 people or 12.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (145 people or 8.5%)
  • Health (129 people or 7.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 482 people in total or 28.4% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, the Financial and Insurance Services workforce in Cook Shire employed 0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 0% in Management and Commerce and 0% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers () of Cook Shire and the Financial and Insurance Services workforce were:

    Emerging groups

    The number of resident workers (All industries) in Cook Shire increased by 103 between 2011 and 2016.

    The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (All industries) between 2011 and 2016 in Cook Shire was for those qualified in:

    • Health (+34 resident workers)
    • Education (+30 resident workers)
    • Management and Commerce (+30 resident workers)
    • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+26 resident workers)

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