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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Health 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 Sciences1781.72.11451.62.0+33
Information Technology610.60.7530.60.7+8
Engineering and Related Technologies1761.71.51381.61.5+38
Architecture and Building680.70.6470.50.5+21
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies370.40.4290.30.4+8
Health4,54943.541.23,56540.338.9+984
Education3363.23.32152.42.7+121
Management and Commerce8458.18.66387.27.3+207
Society and Culture1,82717.517.81,45416.416.5+373
Creative Arts900.91.0740.80.9+16
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2552.42.01942.21.9+61
Mixed Field Programmes130.10.130.00.0+10
Not stated or inadequately described1821.71.72613.02.6-79
No qualification1,83017.518.82,02822.924.1-198

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 - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.1% Information Technology, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.7% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.5% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.4% Health, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 41.2% Education, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 3.3% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 8.6% Society and Culture, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 17.8% Creative Arts, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.0% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 2.0% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 1.7% No qualification, Queensland - Health Care and Social Assistance  : 18.8% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.7% Information Technology, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.7% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.4% Health, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 43.5% Education, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 3.2% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 8.1% Society and Culture, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 17.5% Creative Arts, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 2.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 1.7% No qualification, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: 17.5%
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 - Health Care and Social Assistance: +33 Information Technology, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +8 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +38 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +21 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +8 Health, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +984 Education, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +121 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +207 Society and Culture, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +373 Creative Arts, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +16 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +61 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +10 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: -79 No qualification, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: -198
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 (Health Care and Social Assistance) were qualified in were:

  • Health (4,549 people or 43.5%)
  • Society and Culture (1,827 people or 17.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (845 people or 8.1%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,221 people in total or 69.1% of the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance).

In comparison, Queensland employed 41.2% in Health; 17.8% in Society and Culture; and 8.6% in Management and Commerce.

The major difference between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) of Cairns and Queensland was:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) qualified in Health (43.5% compared to 41.2%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) in Cairns increased by 1,603 between 2011 and 2016.

The largest changes in the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Health Care and Social Assistance) between 2011 and 2016 in Cairns were for those qualified in:

  • Health (+984 people)
  • Society and Culture (+373 people)
  • Management and Commerce (+207 people)
  • Education (+121 people)

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