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Resident workers - Qualifications

63.2% of the resident workers in Cairns have qualifications, compared to 76.5% for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

Education is an essential means of building the knowledge and skill levels of the labour force, which is a key factor in achieving future economic and social development.

The level of educational attainment for Cairns's resident workforce relates to a number of factors including:

  • The age structure of the resident workforce;
  • The professional or social ambitions of people to obtain qualifications (that is, to seek education and retraining);
  • The opportunities afforded to people to continue studying beyond compulsory schooling, and;
  • The knowledge and skill requirements of the local industries.

Qualification should be looked at in conjunction with Income, Occupation and Field of qualification for a clearer picture of the knowledge and skill level of Cairns's local resident workers.

When comparing the Qualifications of local resident worker with local workers, Qualifications statistics indicates whether an economy draws on the skills offered by its own residents or on a different set of skills imported from elsewhere in the region.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

Resident workers qualifications
Cairns 20162011Change
Qualification levelNumber%Professional, Scientific and Technical Services%Number%Professional, Scientific and Technical Services%2011 to 2016
Bachelor or Higher degree16,29622.546.8--------
Advanced Diploma or Diploma8,56911.813.8--------
Certificate I and II Level1,1031.51.0--------
Certificate III & IV Level18,19225.113.3--------
Certificate Level, nfd1,5862.21.6--------
No qualification24,35533.620.4--------
Inadequately described or not stated2,3103.23.1--------

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Resident workers qualifications, 2016
Resident workers qualifications, 2016 Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 46.8% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 13.8% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.0% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 13.3% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 1.6% No qualification, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 20.4% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - Professional, Scientific and Technical Services : 3.1% Bachelor or Higher degree, Cairns - All industries : 22.5% Advanced Diploma or Diploma, Cairns - All industries : 11.8% Certificate I and II Level, Cairns - All industries : 1.5% Certificate III & IV Level, Cairns - All industries : 25.1% Certificate Level, nfd, Cairns - All industries : 2.2% No qualification, Cairns - All industries : 33.6% Inadequately described or not stated, Cairns - All industries : 3.2%
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 qualifications, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers qualifications, 2011 to 2016
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 qualifications of the resident workers in Cairns in 2016 compared to Professional, Scientific and Technical Services shows that there was a lower proportion of people holding formal qualifications (Bachelor or higher degree; Advanced Diploma or Diploma; or Vocational qualifications), and a higher proportion of people with no formal qualifications.

Overall, 63.2% of the resident workers held educational qualifications, and 33.6% had no qualifications, compared with 76.5% and 20.4% respectively for Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.

The major differences between qualifications held by the resident workers of Cairns and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers with No qualifications (33.6% compared to 20.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers with Certificate III & IV Levels (25.1% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Bachelor or Higher degrees (22.5% compared to 46.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers with Advanced Diploma or Diplomas (11.8% compared to 13.8%)

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