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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) 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 Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Qualification and Occupations statistics for a clearer picture of the skills available in the resident worker population.

Data source

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

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Resident workers field of qualification
Cairns - Persons 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences272.31.2242.70.9+3
Information Technology000.550.60.3-5
Engineering and Related Technologies19616.710.316118.08.6+35
Architecture and Building403.42.3182.01.9+22
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies887.59.2626.98.4+26
Health262.22.491.02.2+17
Education847.22.280.92.1+76
Management and Commerce675.76.8455.05.0+22
Society and Culture564.82.8171.91.9+39
Creative Arts121.00.991.00.6+3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services453.82.2202.21.7+25
Mixed Field Programmes30.30.2000.1+3
Not stated or inadequately described282.42.8364.03.5-8
No qualification49942.656.247953.662.8+20
Total Persons1,171100.0100.0893100.0100.0+278

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 field of qualifications in Cairns shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (196 people or 16.7%)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (88 people or 7.5%)
  • Education (84 people or 7.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 368 people in total or 31.4% of the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 10.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.2% in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies and 2.2% in Education.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (16.7% compared to 10.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Education (7.2% compared to 2.2%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Society and Culture (4.8% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) qualified in Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (7.5% compared to 9.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing) in Cairns increased by 278 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Education (+76 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+39 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+35 resident workers)
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies (+26 resident workers)

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