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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.

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 Sciences2283.53.81703.13.6+58
Information Technology941.41.8701.31.7+24
Engineering and Related Technologies1332.02.71172.12.7+16
Architecture and Building390.60.8460.80.8-7
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies540.80.9510.90.9+3
Health2493.83.51522.82.8+97
Education3,02246.544.22,67948.546.0+343
Management and Commerce5608.69.74989.08.7+62
Society and Culture70410.810.24798.78.6+225
Creative Arts1442.23.3971.82.9+47
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1121.71.5921.71.3+20
Mixed Field Programmes70.10.1110.20.1-4
Not stated or inadequately described1332.01.81422.62.1-9
No qualification1,02615.815.792316.717.8+103

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 - Education and Training  : 3.8% Information Technology, Queensland - Education and Training  : 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Education and Training  : 2.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Education and Training  : 0.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Education and Training  : 0.9% Health, Queensland - Education and Training  : 3.5% Education, Queensland - Education and Training  : 44.2% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Education and Training  : 9.7% Society and Culture, Queensland - Education and Training  : 10.2% Creative Arts, Queensland - Education and Training  : 3.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Education and Training  : 1.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Education and Training  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Education and Training  : 1.8% No qualification, Queensland - Education and Training  : 15.7% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Education and Training: 3.5% Information Technology, Cairns - Education and Training: 1.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Education and Training: 2.0% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Education and Training: 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Education and Training: 0.8% Health, Cairns - Education and Training: 3.8% Education, Cairns - Education and Training: 46.5% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Education and Training: 8.6% Society and Culture, Cairns - Education and Training: 10.8% Creative Arts, Cairns - Education and Training: 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Education and Training: 1.7% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Education and Training: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Education and Training: 2.0% No qualification, Cairns - Education and Training: 15.8%
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 - Education and Training: +58 Information Technology, Cairns - Education and Training: +24 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Education and Training: +16 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Education and Training: -7 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Education and Training: +3 Health, Cairns - Education and Training: +97 Education, Cairns - Education and Training: +343 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Education and Training: +62 Society and Culture, Cairns - Education and Training: +225 Creative Arts, Cairns - Education and Training: +47 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Education and Training: +20 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Education and Training: -4 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Education and Training: -9 No qualification, Cairns - Education and Training: +103
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 (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%)

Emerging groups

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)

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