Cook Shire

Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

Engineering and Related Technologies is the most common qualification for workers in Cook Shire.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

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

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Cook Shire;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry. Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Cook Shire.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2016 & 2021 – by place of work

Current industry:
Current benchmark:
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Cook Shire - All industries20212016Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2016 - 2021
Natural and Physical Sciences492.031.82441.541.67+5
Information Technology110.452.0780.281.79+3
Engineering and Related Technologies40416.7410.9562421.8411.44-220
Architecture and Building1114.604.551575.494.81-46
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies813.351.491023.571.49-21
Management and Commerce2068.5414.692338.1513.55-27
Society and Culture1546.389.111455.077.95+9
Creative Arts411.692.57351.222.22+6
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1104.564.211033.604.00+7
Mixed Field Programmes000.09--00.10--
Not stated or inadequately described1215.012.961435.002.57-22
No qualification79733.0430.6695333.3535.00-156
Total Persons2,412100.00100.002,857100.00100.00-445

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2016 and 2021. Compiled and presented by .id (informed decisions)

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the All industries shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (404 people or 16.7%)
  • Management and Commerce (206 people or 8.5%)
  • Health (178 people or 7.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 788 people in total or32.7% of All industries.

In comparison, Queensland employed 11.0% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 14.7% in Management and Commerce and 8.9% in Health.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the workforce in Cook Shire and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (8.5% compared to 14.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (16.7% compared to 11.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.4% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Not stated or inadequately described (5.0% compared to 3.0%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Cook Shire between 2016 and 2021 were:

  • Health (+18.00 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+9.00 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+7.00 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+6.00 local workers)

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