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Local workers - Field of qualification - Other Services

Within Cairns, there are more Other Services 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 - Other Services20162011Change
Field of qualification
(Click rows to view sub-categories)
Number%Queensland %Number%Queensland %2011 to 2016
Natural and Physical Sciences291.00.7240.90.6+5
Information Technology190.61.0291.11.1-10
Engineering and Related Technologies73925.125.277628.226.1-37
Architecture and Building521.81.3421.51.3+10
Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies351.20.9240.90.8+11
Health632.12.6572.12.1+6
Education1695.72.3552.01.8+114
Management and Commerce2177.48.41696.16.7+48
Society and Culture1956.69.01455.37.1+50
Creative Arts381.31.7361.31.3+2
Food, Hospitality and Personal Services48416.517.543015.616.3+54
Mixed Field Programmes30.10.100.00.0+3
Not stated or inadequately described852.92.2953.52.9-10
No qualification81427.727.287131.631.7-57

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: 0.7% Information Technology, Queensland: 1.0% Engineering and Related Technologies, Queensland: 25.2% Architecture and Building, Queensland: 1.3% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Queensland: 0.9% Health, Queensland: 2.6% Education, Queensland: 2.3% Management and Commerce, Queensland: 8.4% Society and Culture, Queensland: 9.0% Creative Arts, Queensland: 1.7% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Queensland: 17.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Queensland: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Queensland: 2.2% No qualification, Queensland: 27.2% Natural and Physical Sciences, Cairns: 1.0% Information Technology, Cairns: 0.6% Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns: 25.1% Architecture and Building, Cairns: 1.8% Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns: 1.2% Health, Cairns: 2.1% Education, Cairns: 5.7% Management and Commerce, Cairns: 7.4% Society and Culture, Cairns: 6.6% Creative Arts, Cairns: 1.3% Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns: 16.5% Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns: 0.1% Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns: 2.9% No qualification, Cairns: 27.7%
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 - Other Services: +5 Information Technology, Cairns - Other Services: -10 Engineering and Related Technologies, Cairns - Other Services: -37 Architecture and Building, Cairns - Other Services: +10 Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies, Cairns - Other Services: +11 Health, Cairns - Other Services: +6 Education, Cairns - Other Services: +114 Management and Commerce, Cairns - Other Services: +48 Society and Culture, Cairns - Other Services: +50 Creative Arts, Cairns - Other Services: +2 Food, Hospitality and Personal Services, Cairns - Other Services: +54 Mixed Field Programmes, Cairns - Other Services: +3 Not stated or inadequately described, Cairns - Other Services: -10 No qualification, Cairns - Other Services: -57
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 Other Services shows that the three largest fields of qualification were:

  • Engineering and Related Technologies (739 people or 25.1%)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (484 people or 16.5%)
  • Management and Commerce (217 people or 7.4%)

In combination these three fields accounted for 1,440 people in total or 48.9% of the Other Services .

In comparison, Queensland employed 25.2% in Engineering and Related Technologies; 17.5% in Food, Hospitality and Personal Services; and 8.4% in Management and Commerce.

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

  • A larger percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Education (5.7% compared to 2.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Society and Culture (6.6% compared to 9.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (16.5% compared to 17.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers qualified in the field of Management and Commerce (7.4% compared to 8.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Education (+114 local workers)
  • Food, Hospitality and Personal Services (+54 local workers)
  • Society and Culture (+50 local workers)
  • Management and Commerce (+48 local workers)

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