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 work

buildingconstructionperson 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

Occupation profile

Secondary school teachers

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Average weekly earnings
(Full time workers, before tax)
Recent job growth
-1.2% over 5 years
How many in this position are working full time? Future employment growth
educationpie 79.8%
Strong growth


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