Education and Training is one of Australia’s largest employing industries and includes teaching occupations across all levels of schools, as well as University Lecturers and Tutors. Around 71% of the workforce is female, the second highest percentage for any industry within Australia. Part-time work is also relatively common (around 40% of jobs).
Top Employing Occupations
|Primary School Teachers|
|Secondary School Teachers|
|University Lecturers and Tutors|
|Private Tutors and Teachers|
|Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers|
|Special Education Teachers|
|Vocational Education Teachers|
|Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials|
|Education Advisers and Reviewers|
|Other Education Managers|
|Contract, Program and Project Administrators|
Most people who work in Education and Training have post-school qualifications, with almost two-thirds of workers holding a bachelor degree or higher (the highest of any industry). Reflecting the time taken to gain these qualifications, only 9% of this workforce is aged 15 to 24 years old. While most jobs need a university degree, lower skilled jobs like Education Aides can provide an employment pathway.
In addition, a relatively large share of workers are aged 55 years or older (22%), which suggests retirements will create employment opportunities in this industry over the next decade.
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.