Australian Jobs 2021
Education and Training
Annual Employment Growth (%)
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 72% of the workforce is female, the second highest percentage for any industry within Australia. Part-time work is also relatively common (around 40% of workers).
Top employing occupations
|Occupation||This industry||All industries|
|Primary School Teachers||166,300||178,900|
|Secondary School Teachers||120,300||121,000|
|University Lecturers and Tutors||59,400||60,400|
|Private Tutors and Teachers||45,600||51,900|
|Vocational Education Teachers||29,600||38,000|
|Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers||27,900||51,100|
|Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials||25,600||62,700|
|Special Education Teachers||17,200||17,800|
|Education Advisers and Reviewers||18,100||19,800|
|Other Education Managers||10,800||12,800|
|Contract, Program and Project Administrators||9,100||123,000|
|ICT Support Technicians||6,600||61,100|
Most people who work in Education and Training have post-school qualifications, with more than 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 to enter the industry.
In addition, a relatively large share of workers is aged 55 years or older (23%), 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.