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Local workers - Field of qualification - Retail Trade

Within the Cook Shire, there are more Retail Trade with Management and Commerce qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 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. However this dataset is NOT available at the Local Government Area level, and had to be matched using a best fit of work destination zones (DZNs) to the current LGA boundaries. Cook Shire is one area for which there is no good match of 2011 DZNs to 2016 LGA boundaries, so there is no reasonable data comparison between 2011 and 2016 for this area. 2011 data has been turned off and is currently unavailable for comparison for the Cook Shire.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Cook Shire - Retail Trade2016
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %
Natural and Physical Sciences----0.9
Information Technology32.51.3
Engineering and Related Technologies108.35.7
Architecture and Building43.31.3
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies----0.8
Management and Commerce1714.013.2
Society and Culture32.54.3
Creative Arts32.53.0
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1411.65.5
Mixed Field Programmes----0.1
Not stated or inadequately described86.62.0
No qualification5343.856.7

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland: 0.9% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 5.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 1.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 0.8% Health, Queensland: 3.9% Education, Queensland: 1.2% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 13.2% Society and Culture, Queensland: 4.3% Creative Arts, Queensland: 3.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 5.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 2.0% No qualification, Queensland: 56.7% Information Technology, Cook Shire: 2.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cook Shire: 8.3% Architecture and Building, Cook Shire: 3.3% Health, Cook Shire: 2.5% Education, Cook Shire: 2.5% Management and Commerce, Cook Shire: 14.0% Society and Culture, Cook Shire: 2.5% Creative Arts, Cook Shire: 2.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cook Shire: 11.6% Not stated or inadequately described, Cook Shire: 6.6% No qualification, Cook Shire: 43.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the fields of qualifications of the Retail Trade shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Management and Commerce (17 people or 14.0%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (14 people or 11.6%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (10 people or 8.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 41 people in total or 33.9% of the Retail Trade .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.2% in Management and Commerce; 5.5% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services; and 5.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (11.6% compared to 5.5%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (8.3% compared to 5.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Architecture and Building (3.3% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (2.5% compared to 4.3%)

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