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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) 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 male 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 - Males20162011Change
Field of qualification
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Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences141.21.2161.01.1-2
Information Technology131.12.4201.32.1-7
Engineering and Related Technologies27623.123.133221.420.7-56
Architecture and Building484.03.1553.62.8-7
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies171.42.1382.52.1-21
Health40.31.390.60.9-5
Education110.90.790.60.5+2
Management and Commerce1068.914.1986.310.7+8
Society and Culture201.72.2120.81.6+8
Creative Arts70.61.350.31.1+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services625.22.5946.13.1-32
Mixed Field Programmes00.00.100.00.10
Not stated or inadequately described322.72.3613.93.0-29
No qualification58448.943.680051.650.2-216

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 - Wholesale Trade male  : 1.2% Information Technology, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 2.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 23.1% Architecture and Building, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 3.1% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 2.1% Health, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 1.3% Education, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 0.7% Management and Commerce, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 14.1% Society and Culture, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 2.2% Creative Arts, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 1.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 2.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 2.3% No qualification, Queensland - Wholesale Trade male  : 43.6% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.2% Information Technology, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.1% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 23.1% Architecture and Building, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.4% Health, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.3% Education, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.9% Management and Commerce, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 8.9% Society and Culture, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 1.7% Creative Arts, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.6% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 5.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0.0% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 2.7% No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 48.9%
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 - Wholesale Trade: -2 Information Technology, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -7 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -56 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -7 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -21 Health, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -5 Education, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +2 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +8 Society and Culture, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +8 Creative Arts, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: +2 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -32 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: 0 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -29 No qualification, Cairns - Wholesale Trade: -216
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 male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) were qualified in were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (276 people or 23.1%)
  • Management and Commerce (106 people or 8.9%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (62 people or 5.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 444 people in total or 37.2% of the male resident workers (Wholesale Trade).

In comparison, Queensland employed 23.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 14.1% in Management and Commerce; and 2.5% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services.

The major differences between the field of qualifications held by the male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) of Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.2% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Management and Commerce (8.9% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) qualified in Information Technology (1.1% compared to 2.4%)

Emerging groups

The number of male resident workers (Wholesale Trade) in Cairns decreased by 355 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (-56 males)

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