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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services 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 Sciences841.20.8530.80.7+31
Information Technology761.01.0630.91.0+13
Engineering and Related Technologies2633.63.02233.32.7+40
Architecture and Building971.31.1891.31.0+8
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies460.60.7570.90.7-11
Health1502.11.91021.51.4+48
Education921.31.2871.31.2+5
Management and Commerce92512.712.672510.910.4+200
Society and Culture3635.04.62303.53.3+133
Creative Arts1231.72.3871.31.7+36
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1,16916.113.499915.012.3+170
Mixed Field Programmes140.20.2100.20.1+4
Not stated or inadequately described1922.62.12754.13.3-83
No qualification3,66950.555.13,66355.060.3+6
Total Persons7,263100.0100.06,663100.0100.0+600

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 (Accommodation and Food Services) were qualified in were:

  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (1,169 people or 16.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (925 people or 12.7%)
  • Society and Culture (363 people or 5.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,457 people in total or 33.8% of the resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.4% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services; 12.6% in Management and Commerce and 4.6% in Society and Culture.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (16.1% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (3.6% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) qualified in Creative Arts (1.7% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) qualified in Not stated or inadequately described (2.6% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Accommodation and Food Services) in Cairns increased by 600 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+200 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+170 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+133 resident workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (-83 resident workers)

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