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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) 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 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 Sciences401.31.0321.30.9+8
Information Technology331.11.7230.91.4+10
Engineering and Related Technologies2488.07.52038.07.0+45
Architecture and Building852.82.4572.22.3+28
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies953.13.5712.83.4+24
Health792.63.5592.33.0+20
Education712.32.1582.31.8+13
Management and Commerce54817.718.939815.717.2+150
Society and Culture2397.77.01526.05.6+87
Creative Arts672.22.3522.02.1+15
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1595.13.91044.13.6+55
Mixed Field Programmes40.10.250.20.1-1
Not stated or inadequately described912.92.71154.53.5-24
No qualification1,33143.143.41,21347.748.2+118
Total Persons3,090100.0100.02,542100.0100.0+548

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 (Administrative and Support Services) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (548 people or 17.7%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (248 people or 8.0%)
  • Society and Culture (239 people or 7.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,035 people in total or 33.5% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.9% in Management and Commerce; 7.5% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.0% in Society and Culture.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.1% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (17.7% compared to 18.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Health (2.6% compared to 3.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) qualified in Society and Culture (7.7% compared to 7.0%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) in Cairns increased by 548 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Management and Commerce (+150 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+87 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+55 resident workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+45 resident workers)

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