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Resident workers - Field of qualification

There are more resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce 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 Sciences1,1991.71.71,0291.51.5+170
Information Technology7801.11.86871.01.6+93
Engineering and Related Technologies8,82712.211.68,49512.311.6+332
Architecture and Building3,4864.84.83,3394.84.6+147
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies1,0601.51.59491.41.4+111
Management and Commerce9,02612.513.57,67211.111.7+1,354
Society and Culture5,9228.27.94,7036.86.6+1,219
Creative Arts1,2231.72.21,0131.51.9+210
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services3,7605.24.03,3384.83.7+422
Mixed Field Programmes690.10.1520.10.1+17
Not stated or inadequately described2,0202.82.62,6203.83.3-600
No qualification24,35533.635.026,93338.940.6-2,578
Total Persons72,403100.0100.069,224100.0100.0+3,179

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 (All industries) were qualified in were:

  • Management and Commerce (9,026 people or 12.5%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (8,827 people or 12.2%)
  • Health (6,264 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 24,117 people in total or 33.3% of the resident workers (All industries).

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.5% in Management and Commerce; 11.6% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 7.7% in Health.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (5.2% compared to 4.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Management and Commerce (12.5% compared to 13.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Health (8.7% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (All industries) qualified in Information Technology (1.1% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

The number of resident workers (All industries) in Cairns increased by 3,179 between 2011 and 2016.

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

  • Health (+1,477 resident workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+1,354 resident workers)
  • Society and Culture (+1,219 resident workers)
  • Education (+805 resident workers)

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