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Local workers - Field of qualification - Mining

Within Cairns, there are more Mining with Engineering and Related Technologies 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 - Mining20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences125.92.8125.03.10
Information Technology----1.041.71.2--
Engineering and Related Technologies6532.239.96326.534.0+2
Architecture and Building115.44.093.83.6+2
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies42.01.7----1.9--
Health31.51.931.31.60
Education31.51.331.30.70
Management and Commerce4019.89.73715.59.6+3
Society and Culture----2.193.82.0--
Creative Arts----0.4----0.6--
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services----2.1----2.3--
Mixed Field Programmes----0.1----0.0--
Not stated or inadequately described52.52.693.83.1-4
No qualification5929.230.38937.436.2-30

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, Queensland: 2.8% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 39.9% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 4.0% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 1.7% Health, Queensland: 1.9% Education, Queensland: 1.3% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 9.7% Society and Culture, Queensland: 2.1% Creative Arts, Queensland: 0.4% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 2.1% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 2.6% No qualification, Queensland: 30.3% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns: 5.9% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns: 32.2% Architecture and Building, Cairns: 5.4% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns: 2.0% Health, Cairns: 1.5% Education, Cairns: 1.5% Management and Commerce, Cairns: 19.8% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns: 2.5% No qualification, Cairns: 29.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016
Change in local workers field of qualification, 2016 Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns - Mining: 0 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Mining: +2 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Mining: +2 Health, Cairns - Mining: 0 Education, Cairns - Mining: 0 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Mining: +3 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Mining: -4 No qualification, Cairns - Mining: -30
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 Mining shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (65 people or 32.2%)
  • Management and Commerce (40 people or 19.8%)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (12 people or 5.9%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 117 people in total or 57.9% of the Mining .

In comparison, Queensland employed 39.9% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 9.7% in Management and Commerce; and 2.8% in Natural and Physical Sciences.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Mining workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (19.8% compared to 9.7%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (5.9% compared to 2.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Engineering and Related Technologies (32.2% compared to 39.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (0.0% compared to 2.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in fields of qualifications of the Mining workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Management and Commerce (+3 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+2 local workers)
  • Architecture and Building (+2 local workers)

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