Career snapshot: education and training

Career snapshot: Education and training

The Education and Training sector has experienced strong growth over the past decade, creating a strong demand for workers in these fields.

If you have a passion for education and are interested in supporting young people in their learning and development, you should seriously consider a career in Education and Training.

Career snapshot: Education and Training

Reasons to consider a job in Education and Training:

The recent increase in teacher-student ratios across Australia has led to a rise in demand for teachers. Combined with a predicted growth in primary school-aged children, there is a true boom in the sector. Workplace training and assessment is another area of high growth with training high on the agenda for many companies right now.

Other advantages of working in education and training include a stable schedule, personal fulfilment and engaging interpersonal relationships.

What jobs are available?

  • Teacher/ assistant teacher - Tasks will vary depending on the age of the students you work with. Primary school teachers teach the basics of numeracy, literacy, music, art and literature to early childhood students to promote their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Middle and secondary school teachers teach more in depth on these topics in line with prescribed curriculum
  • Counsellor - Provide valuable information on vocational, relationship, social and educational difficulties and issues and work with people to help identify and define their emotional issues through talking therapies
  • Training and development professionals - Develop, implement and evaluate training and development programs to ensure management and staff acquire skills to meet business goals and objectives
  • Vocational Education Teachers - Teach courses of study at TAFE or other training institutions to tertiary students
  • Child care manager or assistant - Plan, organise, direct or coordinate the activities of child care centres including physical and human resources.

What the industry looks like

The increase in government funding available eased the financial barrier for many students and led to a rise in the number of private vocational education providers entering the market. The education and training sector is vast, so here are some quick facts from JobOutlook.

  • A fast growing, large employing industry
  • Most jobs need a university degree, but lower level jobs including teacher’s aide could provide a pathway
  • An older age profile suggests there could be opportunities as workers retire
  • Over the past five years jobs have fallen, but recent research indicates that strong growth is expected in the future. An expected 15,000 new jobs are to be created in lead up to 2020
  • Full time work is the most common with most training and education professionals working 45 hours and earning around $1500 per week
  • Approximately 7/10 workers are female.

Who are the leading employers?

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