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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Retail Trade) 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 Sciences550.70.9450.50.7+10
Information Technology891.21.3901.11.2-1
Engineering and Related Technologies4866.35.74765.85.2+10
Architecture and Building1021.31.31041.31.2-2
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies841.10.8730.90.8+11
Health2903.83.92272.83.2+63
Education1071.41.2961.21.2+11
Management and Commerce95012.413.282410.110.5+126
Society and Culture3134.14.32643.23.0+49
Creative Arts1662.23.01461.82.3+20
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services5126.75.54875.94.9+25
Mixed Field Programmes80.10.1110.10.1-3
Not stated or inadequately described1652.22.02653.22.9-100
No qualification4,34556.656.75,09162.162.9-746

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 - Retail Trade  : 0.9% Information Technology, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 5.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 1.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 0.8% Health, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 3.9% Education, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 1.2% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 13.2% Society and Culture, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 4.3% Creative Arts, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 3.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 5.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 2.0% No qualification, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 56.7% 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%
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 - Retail Trade: +10 Information Technology, Cairns - Retail Trade: -1 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Retail Trade: +10 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Retail Trade: -2 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Retail Trade: +11 Health, Cairns - Retail Trade: +63 Education, Cairns - Retail Trade: +11 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Retail Trade: +126 Society and Culture, Cairns - Retail Trade: +49 Creative Arts, Cairns - Retail Trade: +20 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Retail Trade: +25 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Retail Trade: -3 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Retail Trade: -100 No qualification, Cairns - Retail Trade: -746
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 (Retail Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (950 people or 12.4%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (512 people or 6.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (486 people or 6.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,948 people in total or 25.4% of the resident workers (Retail Trade).

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.2% in Management and Commerce; 5.5% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services; and 5.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major difference between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Retail Trade) of Cairns and Queensland was:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (6.7% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Retail Trade) in Cairns decreased by 527 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+126 people)
  • Health (+63 people)

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