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Youth Worker

Find out how to become a youth worker in the welfare and support workers sector. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Youth Worker is $53, 300 - 67, 600 annually


What does a youth worker do? 

Youth workers provide advocacy and serve as a role model for teenagers and children, within a youth centre or program. Employment for youth workers to 2022 is expected to grow very strongly. It is likely there will be around 40,000 job openings in this time. This is a very large sector (52, 300 in 2017).

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What skills do you need to be a youth worker? 

Youth workers strive to build sustainable, therapeutic relationships with disadvantaged or at risk youth. They must be sensitive to cultural and individual differences and needs.

  • Interview mentees and assess their difficulties and the extent of their needs
  • Supervise children and keep them safe
  • Understand regulations and ensure they are adhered to consistently
  • Maintain paperwork concerning clients, their wellbeing and the services they are being provided
  • Keep workplace and facilities hygenic and orderly
  • Create and organise group activities
You need resilience and communication skills. You also need to learn how to work in a team and independently, and be able to use your discretion.
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Youth worker quick facts

Working as a youth worker could provide a stable career and a rewarding job move. Below are some facts on your career in the welfare and support sector.

  • Average Hours Worked
    35.7 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; public administration and safety
  • Average qualification level
    25.7% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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