Resident workers - Field of qualification
There are more resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education 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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers field of qualification|
|Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)||Number||%||Queensland%||Number||%||Queensland%||2011 to 2016|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||228||3.5||3.8||170||3.1||3.6||+58||30000||P|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||133||2.0||2.7||117||2.1||2.7||+16||50000||P|
|Architecture and Building||39||0.6||0.8||46||0.8||0.8||-7||60000||P|
|Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies||54||0.8||0.9||51||0.9||0.9||+3||70000||P|
|Management and Commerce||560||8.6||9.7||498||9.0||8.7||+62||91000||P|
|Society and Culture||704||10.8||10.2||479||8.7||8.6||+225||92000||P|
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services||112||1.7||1.5||92||1.7||1.3||+20||94000||P|
|Mixed Field Programmes||7||0.1||0.1||11||0.2||0.1||-4||95000||P|
|Not stated or inadequately described||133||2.0||1.8||142||2.6||2.1||-9||96000||P|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the field of qualifications in Cairns shows that the three largest fields the resident workers (Education and Training) were qualified in were:
- Education (3,022 people or 46.5%)
- Society and Culture (704 people or 10.8%)
- Management and Commerce (560 people or 8.6%)
In combination these three fields accounted for 4,286 people in total or 65.9% of the resident workers (Education and Training).
In comparison, Queensland employed 44.2% in Education; 10.2% in Society and Culture; and 9.7% in Management and Commerce.
The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Education and Training) of Cairns and Queensland were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Education (46.5% compared to 44.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.6% compared to 9.7%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) qualified in Creative Arts (2.2% compared to 3.3%)
The number of resident workers (Education and Training) in Cairns increased by 978 between 2011 and 2016.
The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Education and Training) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those qualified in:
- Education (+343 people)
- Society and Culture (+225 people)
- Health (+97 people)
- Management and Commerce (+62 people)