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Quick career guides part #5: education & child care careers

By Fi Darby | 15 November 2017

Even if you think you know what you would like your next career step to be, it is always a good idea from time to time, to have a look at other options. The Australian government produces lots of statistics about work and employment, and reading industry blogs can be a great way to find out more about job sectors from people who really know their stuff, they are also a good way to gain useful information before an interview.

For many people, however, the problem with accessing all of this information is time. All the career information we need is out there but the time to look through it often eludes us. To encourage you to think about different career possibilities that might suit you, we sought out information about Australia’s fastest growing careers and have created a quick guide about each one for you. For each industry, this guide includes information about growth and employment, available qualifications and recommended blogs.

Education & Child Care Careers

Any nation is only as strong as its education system and Australia is no exception. We value our children’s education, and careers in teaching and support roles are rewarding. There is currently a shortage of teachers in Australia, across all age groups. Working in a teaching support role is a great way to find out if the education sector is the right one for you.

Workforce size

  • Primary School Teachers (150,900 workers)
  • Secondary School Teachers (131,800 workers)
  • Child Care Centre Managers (12,900 workers) 
  • Child Carers (149,600 workers)

Employment rate

  • Generally unemployment is ‘Below Average’ or ‘Average’ which is good news for workers 
  • Child Care Centre Managers (12,900 workers) Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
  • Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
  • Child Carers: Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
  • Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create more than 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

Quick facts about Education & Child Care careers

  • Child Care Centre Managers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.

Highest number of part-time workers

  • Private Tutors and Teachers (81%)
  • Education Aides (73%)
  • Child Carers (45.6% of workforce is part-time)
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Recommended qualifications

Recommended Blogs

Blog Name Career Tips Industry Specific Advice Useful Resources Australia Specific
The Guardian Teacher Network  N Y Y N
Good Education  N Y N Y
The Spoke  Y Y Y Y

Our One Minute Career Guides can only give you limited information but they are very useful for giving you an overview and comparing careers options. If you would like more details about any specific career, keep an eye out on our Skillstalk blog, where we regularly feature individual careers or career sectors, interview industry experts and give advice.

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