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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Manufacturing) 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 Sciences240.91.6130.41.3+11
Information Technology170.
Engineering and Related Technologies1,03938.527.61,22835.026.8-189
Architecture and Building1525.63.71845.24.0-32
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies210.81.0210.60.9--
Management and Commerce2097.810.82216.38.2-12
Society and Culture542.02.4561.61.6-2
Creative Arts351.31.6431.21.5-8
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1033.83.41183.42.7-15
Mixed Field Programmes000.130.10.1-3
Not stated or inadequately described742.72.51704.83.8-96
No qualification89133.041.61,37239.146.3-481
Total Persons2,696100.0100.03,508100.0100.0-812

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 (Manufacturing) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (1,039 people or 38.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (209 people or 7.8%)
  • Architecture and Building (152 people or 5.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,400 people in total or 51.9% of the resident workers (Manufacturing).

In comparison, Queensland employed 27.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 10.8% in Management and Commerce and 3.7% in Architecture and Building.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (38.5% compared to 27.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Management and Commerce (7.8% compared to 10.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Architecture and Building (5.6% compared to 3.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Manufacturing) qualified in Natural and Physical Sciences (0.9% compared to 1.6%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Manufacturing) in Cairns decreased by 812 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-189 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (-96 resident workers)
  • Architecture and Building (-32 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (-15 resident workers)

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