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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (Other Services) qualified in Engineering and Related Technologies 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 Sciences331.10.7200.70.6+13
Information Technology220.71.0331.21.1-11
Engineering and Related Technologies79025.925.281128.526.1-21
Architecture and Building561.81.3461.61.3+10
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies341.10.9240.80.8+10
Health742.42.6622.22.1+12
Education1735.72.3602.11.8+113
Management and Commerce2207.28.41736.16.7+47
Society and Culture2026.69.01425.07.1+60
Creative Arts371.21.7401.41.3-3
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services49216.117.544015.416.3+52
Mixed Field Programmes30.10.1000.0+3
Not stated or inadequately described862.82.21053.72.9-19
No qualification82927.227.289431.431.7-65
Total Persons3,051100.0100.02,850100.0100.0+201

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 (Other Services) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (790 people or 25.9%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (492 people or 16.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (220 people or 7.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,502 people in total or 49.2% of the resident workers (Other Services).

In comparison, Queensland employed 25.2% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.5% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services and 8.4% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the resident workers (Other Services) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Other Services) qualified in Education (5.7% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) qualified in Society and Culture (6.6% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (16.1% compared to 17.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Other Services) qualified in Management and Commerce (7.2% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (Other Services) in Cairns increased by 201 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Education (+113 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+60 resident workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+52 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+47 resident workers)

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