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Local workers - Field of qualification - Health Care and Social Assistance

Within Cairns, there are more Health Care and Social Assistance with Health qualifications than any other field of qualification.

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 the current occupation, this is not necessarily the case.

The field of study relates to a number of factors, such as:

  • The age of the workforce;
  • The type of qualification required to enter an industry;
  • The availability of jobs related to fields of qualification in Cairns;
  • The types of occupations which are available in an area or industry.

The fields of qualification held by local workers in a particular industry are likely to show the type of skills required in that industry.  Large numbers of a particular field of qualification in an industry may indicate that it is a pre-requisite for that industry. The presence of fields of qualification outside the main range of qualifications used in that industry may indicate that the industry values employees of a broad educational background, or that people haven't been able to find employment in their chosen field.

Field of Qualification information should be looked at in conjunction with Level of qualification and Occupation data for a clearer picture of the skills available for the local workers in Cairns.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

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Local workers field of qualification - Summary
Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1791.71.41451.71.3+34
Information Technology580.60.5510.60.4+7
Engineering and Related Technologies1681.61.41361.61.3+32
Architecture and Building640.60.6520.60.5+12
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies380.40.5270.30.4+11
Health4,50043.642.33,53140.439.5+969
Education3323.23.22082.42.6+124
Management and Commerce8468.28.16437.46.6+203
Society and Culture1,81517.617.61,43016.416.7+385
Creative Arts890.90.8790.90.7+10
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services2472.42.22032.32.1+44
Mixed Field Programmes130.10.130.00.0+10
Not stated or inadequately described1811.81.82603.02.8-79
No qualification1,78717.319.51,97622.625.1-189

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

Local workers field of qualification, 2016
Local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Regional QLD: 1.4% Information Technology, Regional QLD: 0.5% Engineering and Related Technologies, Regional QLD: 1.4% Architecture and Building, Regional QLD: 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Regional QLD: 0.5% Health, Regional QLD: 42.3% Education, Regional QLD: 3.2% Management and Commerce, Regional QLD: 8.1% Society and Culture, Regional QLD: 17.6% Creative Arts, Regional QLD: 0.8% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Regional QLD: 2.2% Mixed Field Programmes, Regional QLD: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Regional QLD: 1.8% No qualification, Regional QLD: 19.5% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns: 1.7% Information Technology, Cairns: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns: 1.6% Architecture and Building, Cairns: 0.6% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns: 0.4% Health, Cairns: 43.6% Education, Cairns: 3.2% Management and Commerce, Cairns: 8.2% Society and Culture, Cairns: 17.6% Creative Arts, Cairns: 0.9% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns: 2.4% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns: 1.8% No qualification, Cairns: 17.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +34 Information Technology, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +7 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +32 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +12 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +11 Health, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +969 Education, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +124 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +203 Society and Culture, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +385 Creative Arts, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +10 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Health Care and Social Assistance: +44 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: -189
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 fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Health (4,500 people or 43.6%)
  • Society and Culture (1,815 people or 17.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (846 people or 8.2%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 7,161 people in total or 69.4% of the Health Care and Social Assistance .

In comparison, Regional QLD employed 42.3% in Health; 17.6% in Society and Culture; and 8.1% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in Cairns and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Health (43.6% compared to 42.3%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (1.7% compared to 1.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (1.6% compared to 1.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (2.4% compared to 2.2%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Health (+969 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+385 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+203 local workers)
  • Education (+124 local workers)

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