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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) 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%Retail Trade%Number%Retail Trade%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences40.60.760.80.5-2
Information Technology00.01.230.41.1-3
Engineering and Related Technologies33550.86.333643.75.8-1
Architecture and Building243.61.3314.01.3-7
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies111.71.1121.60.9-1
Health71.13.840.52.8+3
Education60.91.430.41.2+3
Management and Commerce8512.912.410013.010.1-15
Society and Culture111.74.1131.73.2-2
Creative Arts30.52.270.91.8-4
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services142.16.791.25.9+5
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.10
Not stated or inadequately described142.12.2192.53.2-5
No qualification14622.156.622629.462.1-80

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 - Retail Trade : 0.7% Information Technology, Cairns - Retail Trade : 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Retail Trade : 6.3% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Retail Trade : 1.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Retail Trade : 1.1% Health, Cairns - Retail Trade : 3.8% Education, Cairns - Retail Trade : 1.4% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Retail Trade : 12.4% Society and Culture, Cairns - Retail Trade : 4.1% Creative Arts, Cairns - Retail Trade : 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Retail Trade : 6.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Retail Trade : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Retail Trade : 2.2% No qualification, Cairns - Retail Trade : 56.6% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.6% Information Technology, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 50.8% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 3.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.7% Health, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.1% Education, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.9% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 12.9% Society and Culture, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 1.7% Creative Arts, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.5% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 2.1% No qualification, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 22.1%
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 - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -2 Information Technology, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -3 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -1 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -7 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -1 Health, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +3 Education, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +3 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -15 Society and Culture, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -2 Creative Arts, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -4 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: +5 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -5 No qualification, Cairns - Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services: -80
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 (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (335 people or 50.8%)
  • Management and Commerce (85 people or 12.9%)
  • Architecture and Building (24 people or 3.6%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 444 people in total or 67.3% of the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services).

In comparison, Retail Trade employed 6.3% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 12.4% in Management and Commerce; and 1.3% in Architecture and Building.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) of Cairns and Retail Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (50.8% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.1% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Health (1.1% compared to 3.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) qualified in Society and Culture (1.7% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) in Cairns decreased by 109 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns.

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