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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies 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%Professional, Scientific and Technical Services%Number%Professional, Scientific and Technical Services%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences201.22.8261.23.8-6
Information Technology201.24.3281.32.8-8
Engineering and Related Technologies28416.613.434215.413.5-58
Architecture and Building492.95.3622.85.7-13
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies311.81.4411.91.7-10
Health221.34.5241.13.5-2
Education171.01.5210.91.5-4
Management and Commerce23313.727.32109.524.7+23
Society and Culture492.912.8472.112.1+2
Creative Arts130.83.5180.83.0-5
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services945.51.21386.21.4-44
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.000.00.00
Not stated or inadequately described362.11.6733.32.1-37
No qualification83849.120.41,18553.524.2-347

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, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 2.8% Information Technology, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 4.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 13.4% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 5.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.4% Health, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 4.5% Education, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.5% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 27.3% Society and Culture, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 12.8% Creative Arts, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 3.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.6% No qualification, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 20.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.2% Information Technology, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 16.6% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 2.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.8% Health, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.3% Education, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.0% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 13.7% Society and Culture, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 2.9% Creative Arts, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 5.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 2.1% No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 49.1%
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 - Wholesale Trade: -6 Information Technology, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -8 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -58 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -13 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -10 Health, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -2 Education, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -4 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +23 Society and Culture, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +2 Creative Arts, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -5 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -44 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -37 No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -347
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 (Wholesale Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (284 people or 16.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (233 people or 13.7%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (94 people or 5.5%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 611 people in total or 35.8% of the resident workers (Wholesale Trade).

In comparison, Professional, Scientific and Technical Services employed 13.4% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 27.3% in Management and Commerce; and 1.2% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) of Cairns and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.5% compared to 1.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (16.6% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.7% compared to 27.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Society and Culture (2.9% compared to 12.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Cairns decreased by 509 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest change in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Wholesale Trade) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns was for those qualified in:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-58 people)

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