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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) 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%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences91.51.281.21.0+1
Information Technology223.76.3162.54.3+6
Engineering and Related Technologies9015.214.18613.313.1+4
Architecture and Building71.21.340.61.0+3
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies30.50.560.90.4-3
Health132.21.440.61.0+9
Education101.71.6101.51.70
Management and Commerce7813.215.38312.814.1-5
Society and Culture305.16.4243.75.4+6
Creative Arts8213.913.19715.012.8-15
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services183.02.0172.62.0+1
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.10
Not stated or inadequately described122.02.3203.12.8-8
No qualification21836.834.427242.040.2-54

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 - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 1.2% Information Technology, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 6.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 14.1% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 1.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 0.5% Health, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 1.4% Education, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 1.6% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 15.3% Society and Culture, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 6.4% Creative Arts, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 13.1% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 2.3% No qualification, Queensland - Information Media and Telecommunications  : 34.4% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 1.5% Information Technology, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 3.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 15.2% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 1.2% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 0.5% Health, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 2.2% Education, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 1.7% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 13.2% Society and Culture, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 5.1% Creative Arts, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 13.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 3.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 2.0% No qualification, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 36.8%
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 - Information Media and Telecommunications: +1 Information Technology, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +6 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +4 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +3 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: -3 Health, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +9 Education, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 0 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: -5 Society and Culture, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +6 Creative Arts, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: -15 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: +1 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: -8 No qualification, Cairns - Information Media and Telecommunications: -54
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 (Information Media and Telecommunications) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (90 people or 15.2%)
  • Creative Arts (82 people or 13.9%)
  • Management and Commerce (78 people or 13.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 250 people in total or 42.2% of the resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications).

In comparison, Queensland employed 14.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 13.1% in Creative Arts; and 15.3% in Management and Commerce.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (15.2% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) qualified in Information Technology (3.7% compared to 6.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) qualified in Management and Commerce (13.2% compared to 15.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) qualified in Society and Culture (5.1% compared to 6.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) in Cairns decreased by 55 between 2011 and 2016.

There were no major changes in field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Information Media and Telecommunications) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns.

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