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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce in Cairns 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 Cairns'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 Cairns or within commuting distance, and their qualification requirements;
  • The availability of educational institutions with those curricula nearby;
  • The socio-economic status of Cairns, and;
  • The mobility of the population to move where particular skills are required.

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

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers field of qualification
Cairns 20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1,1991.71.71,0291.51.5+170
Information Technology7801.11.86871.01.6+93
Engineering and Related Technologies8,82712.211.68,49512.311.6+332
Architecture and Building3,4864.84.83,3394.84.6+147
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,0601.51.59491.41.4+111
Health6,2648.77.74,7876.96.5+1,477
Education4,4126.15.63,6075.25.0+805
Management and Commerce9,02612.513.57,67211.111.7+1,354
Society and Culture5,9228.27.94,7036.86.6+1,219
Creative Arts1,2231.72.21,0131.51.9+210
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,7605.24.03,3384.83.7+422
Mixed Field Programmes690.10.1520.10.1+17
Not stated or inadequately described2,0202.82.62,6203.83.3-600
No qualification24,35533.635.026,93338.940.6-2,578

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

Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016
Resident workers field of qualifications, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Queensland : 1.7% Information Technology, Queensland : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland : 11.6% Architecture and Building, Queensland : 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland : 1.5% Health, Queensland : 7.7% Education, Queensland : 5.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland : 13.5% Society and Culture, Queensland : 7.9% Creative Arts, Queensland : 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland : 4.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland : 2.6% No qualification, Queensland : 35.0% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - All industries: 1.7% Information Technology, Cairns - All industries: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - All industries: 12.2% Architecture and Building, Cairns - All industries: 4.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - All industries: 1.5% Health, Cairns - All industries: 8.7% Education, Cairns - All industries: 6.1% Management and Commerce, Cairns - All industries: 12.5% Society and Culture, Cairns - All industries: 8.2% Creative Arts, Cairns - All industries: 1.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - All industries: 5.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - All industries: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - All industries: 2.8% No qualification, Cairns - All industries: 33.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers field of qualifications, 2011 to 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - All industries: +170 Information Technology, Cairns - All industries: +93 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - All industries: +332 Architecture and Building, Cairns - All industries: +147 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - All industries: +111 Health, Cairns - All industries: +1,477 Education, Cairns - All industries: +805 Management and Commerce, Cairns - All industries: +1,354 Society and Culture, Cairns - All industries: +1,219 Creative Arts, Cairns - All industries: +210 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - All industries: +422 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - All industries: +17 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - All industries: -600 No qualification, Cairns - All industries: -2,578
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the field of qualifications in Cairns shows that the three largest fields the resident workers were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (9,026 people or 12.5%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (8,827 people or 12.2%)
  • Health (6,264 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,117 people in total or 33.3% of the resident workers .

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Management and Commerce; 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; and 7.7% in Health.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers qualified in Management and Commerce (12.5% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers in Cairns increased by 3,179 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those qualified in:

  • Health (+1,477 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,354 people)
  • Society and Culture (+1,219 people)
  • Education (+805 people)

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