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Local workers - Field of qualification - Education and Training

Within Cairns, there are more Education and Training with Education 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 - Education and Training20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences1943.13.81743.23.6+20
Information Technology851.41.8701.31.7+15
Engineering and Related Technologies1352.22.71162.12.7+19
Architecture and Building420.70.8510.90.8-9
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies510.80.9581.10.9-7
Health2333.73.51522.82.8+81
Education2,93246.944.22,64748.046.0+285
Management and Commerce5428.79.74999.18.7+43
Society and Culture66310.610.24949.08.6+169
Creative Arts1362.23.3901.62.9+46
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services1121.81.5991.81.3+13
Mixed Field Programmes50.10.1110.20.1-6
Not stated or inadequately described1262.01.81362.52.1-10
No qualification1,00216.015.791616.617.8+86

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: 3.8% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.8% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 2.7% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 0.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 0.9% Health, Queensland: 3.5% Education, Queensland: 44.2% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 9.7% Society and Culture, Queensland: 10.2% Creative Arts, Queensland: 3.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 1.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 1.8% No qualification, Queensland: 15.7% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns: 3.1% Information Technology, Cairns: 1.4% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns: 2.2% Architecture and Building, Cairns: 0.7% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns: 0.8% Health, Cairns: 3.7% Education, Cairns: 46.9% Management and Commerce, Cairns: 8.7% Society and Culture, Cairns: 10.6% Creative Arts, Cairns: 2.2% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns: 1.8% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns: 2.0% No qualification, Cairns: 16.0%
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 - Education and Training: +20 Information Technology, Cairns - Education and Training: +15 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Education and Training: +19 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Education and Training: -9 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Education and Training: -7 Health, Cairns - Education and Training: +81 Education, Cairns - Education and Training: +285 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Education and Training: +43 Society and Culture, Cairns - Education and Training: +169 Creative Arts, Cairns - Education and Training: +46 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Education and Training: +13 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Education and Training: -6 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Education and Training: -10 No qualification, Cairns - Education and Training: +86
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 Education and Training shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Education (2,932 people or 46.9%)
  • Society and Culture (663 people or 10.6%)
  • Management and Commerce (542 people or 8.7%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 4,137 people in total or 66.1% of the Education and Training .

In comparison, Queensland employed 44.2% in Education; 10.2% in Society and Culture; and 9.7% in Management and Commerce.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (46.9% compared to 44.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Creative Arts (2.2% compared to 3.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (8.7% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Natural and Physical Sciences (3.1% compared to 3.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Education (+285 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+169 local workers)
  • Health (+81 local workers)
  • Creative Arts (+46 local workers)

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