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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) 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 Sciences1993.42.41753.02.3+24
Information Technology731.32.8741.32.7-1
Engineering and Related Technologies81114.010.782414.39.8-13
Architecture and Building1983.43.51723.03.3+26
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1933.32.72033.52.7-10
Health2864.94.61472.62.9+139
Education1442.52.61162.02.4+28
Management and Commerce1,03918.018.592116.017.6+118
Society and Culture96216.618.592616.116.7+36
Creative Arts811.42.0701.21.8+11
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1572.71.71522.61.7+5
Mixed Field Programmes000.130.10.0-3
Not stated or inadequately described1803.13.22033.53.5-23
No qualification1,46525.326.61,76030.632.3-295
Total Persons5,788100.0100.05,746100.0100.0+42

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 (Public Administration and Safety) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (1,039 people or 18.0%)
  • Society and Culture (962 people or 16.6%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (811 people or 14.0%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 2,812 people in total or 48.6% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety).

In comparison, Queensland employed 18.5% in Management and Commerce; 18.5% in Society and Culture and 10.7% in Engineering and Related Technologies.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies (14.0% compared to 10.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Society and Culture (16.6% compared to 18.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Information Technology (1.3% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.7% compared to 1.7%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) in Cairns increased by 42 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Health (+139 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+118 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+36 resident workers)
  • Education (+28 resident workers)

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