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Local workers - Field of qualification - All industries

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

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, the Cook Shire in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.
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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Cook Shire - All industries 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. Far North QueenslandNumber%. Far North Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences441.541.52271.101.36+17
Information Technology80.280.8280.320.74--
Engineering and Related Technologies62421.8411.5937015.0911.63+254
Architecture and Building1575.494.141365.544.19+21
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1023.572.03813.301.88+21
Health1605.608.171395.676.59+21
Education1505.256.471164.735.62+34
Management and Commerce2338.1511.411757.139.72+58
Society and Culture1455.077.741596.486.23-14
Creative Arts351.221.53140.571.28+21
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1033.604.96793.224.50+24
Mixed Field Programmes--00.09--00.08--
Not stated or inadequately described1435.003.321275.184.09+16
No qualification95333.3536.171,02041.6142.03-67
Total Persons2,857100.00100.002,451100.00100.00+406

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id the population experts

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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 (624 people or 21.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (233 people or 8.2%)
  • Health (160 people or 5.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,017 people in total or35.6% of All industries.

In comparison, Far North Queensland employed 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 11.4% in Management and Commerce and 8.2% in Health.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (21.8% compared to 11.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (8.2% compared to 11.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (5.1% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (5.6% compared to 8.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the total workforce in Cook Shire between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+254.00 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+58.00 local workers)
  • Education (+34.00 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+24.00 local workers)

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