The Australian education sector is made up of a diverse range of institutions including higher education/tertiary; schools; vocational education and training (VET) colleges; private and industry-based education and training organisations; and adult community education (ACE).
The main occupation pathways in the education industry are primary and secondary school teachers, education aides/special education teachers, and university lecturers and tutors. Employment growth in the industry is influenced by a range of factors, such as the number of school-age children in the population, school retention rates and government policy.
The shift to a knowledge-based economy is also creating surging demand for adult education and training. With lifelong learning now the mantra, substantial growth is expected in online learning.
School Teaching: A bachelor’s degree in education from a tertiary institution, or a relevant bachelor degree and a Diploma of Teaching.
Special Education: A teaching degree specialising in special education, or a one-year postgraduate qualification.
VET or ACE: Formal teacher training and work experience in a given industry.
Higher Education/Tertiary: A high level of academic performance at the undergraduate level, postgraduate degree qualifications and the ability for in-depth research.
What you need
- Specific competencies may be required for particular sectors
- Creativity; energy; flexibility; patience
- Organisational and administrative skills; a good understanding of your subject areas; sound interpersonal and communication skills
Secondary school teachers
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