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Local workers - Field of qualification - Information Media and Telecommunications

Engineering and Related Technologies is the most common qualification for Information Media and Telecommunications workers in Cairns.

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.

Data source

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 - Information Media and Telecommunications 20162011Change
Field of qualification (Click rows to view sub-categories)Number%. QueenslandNumber%. Queensland2011 - 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences81.411.2071.051.02+1
Information Technology213.716.24162.404.29+5
Engineering and Related Technologies8214.4814.107711.5913.00+5
Architecture and Building101.761.3540.600.98+6
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies50.880.5360.900.44-1
Management and Commerce7513.2515.229113.7014.10-16
Society and Culture284.946.42294.365.41-1
Creative Arts8214.4813.1411116.7112.88-29
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services193.351.94192.862.00--
Mixed Field Programmes--00.06--00.08--
Not stated or inadequately described183.182.25172.562.79+1
No qualification20235.6834.3926539.9040.21-63
Total Persons566100.00100.00664100.00100.00-98

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 fields of qualifications of the Information Media and Telecommunications shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Creative Arts (82 people or 14.5%)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (82 people or 14.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (75 people or 13.3%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 239 people in total or42.2% of Information Media and Telecommunications.

In comparison, Queensland employed 13.1% in Creative Arts; 14.1% in Engineering and Related Technologies and 15.2% in Management and Commerce.

The major differences between the fields of qualifications of the Information Media and Telecommunications workforce in Cairns and Queensland were:

  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Information Technology (3.7% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (13.3% compared to 15.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (4.9% compared to 6.4%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (3.4% compared to 1.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Architecture and Building (+6.00 local workers)
  • Engineering and Related Technologies (+5.00 local workers)
  • Information Technology (+5.00 local workers)
  • Not stated or inadequately described (+1.00 local workers)

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