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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 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%Wholesale Trade%Number%Wholesale Trade%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1993.41.21753.01.2+24
Information Technology731.31.2741.31.3-1
Engineering and Related Technologies81114.016.682414.315.4-13
Architecture and Building1983.42.91723.02.8+26
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1933.31.82033.51.9-10
Health2864.91.31472.61.1+139
Education1442.51.01162.00.9+28
Management and Commerce1,03918.013.792116.09.5+118
Society and Culture96216.62.992616.12.1+36
Creative Arts811.40.8701.20.8+11
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1572.75.51522.66.2+5
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.030.10.0-3
Not stated or inadequately described1803.12.12033.53.3-23
No qualification1,46525.349.11,76030.653.5-295

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, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.2% Information Technology, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.2% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 16.6% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 2.9% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.8% Health, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.3% Education, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 1.0% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 13.7% Society and Culture, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 2.9% Creative Arts, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 5.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 2.1% No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade : 49.1% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 3.4% Information Technology, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 1.3% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 14.0% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 3.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 3.3% Health, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 4.9% Education, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 2.5% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 18.0% Society and Culture, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 16.6% Creative Arts, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 1.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 2.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 3.1% No qualification, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: 25.3%
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 - Public Administration and Safety: +24 Information Technology, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -1 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -13 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +26 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -10 Health, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +139 Education, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +28 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +118 Society and Culture, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +36 Creative Arts, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +11 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +5 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -3 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -23 No qualification, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -295
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 (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, Wholesale Trade employed 13.7% in Management and Commerce; 2.9% in Society and Culture; and 16.6% 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 Wholesale Trade were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Society and Culture (16.6% compared to 2.9%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Management and Commerce (18.0% compared to 13.7%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Health (4.9% compared to 1.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.7% compared to 5.5%)

Emerging groups

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

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

  • Health (+139 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+118 people)

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