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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 $63,500 - 93,200 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. 

Read more about the community services industry.

What are the key skills of 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

How to become a Youth Worker 

To become a Youth Worker, you'll need a vocational qualification in either youth work or community services.

We recommend studying a CHC52015 - Diploma of Community Services as this can help you broaden your employment outcomes and provide you with some leadership skills. 
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.
Industry Q&A: Community Services with Tom Conley
, President & Executive Managing Director
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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.

Employment for Youth Workers is set to remain steady over the next five years, as of 2020. 

  • Average Hours Worked
    42 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Health care and social assistance; public administration and safety
  • Job Growth
    Expected to remain steady over the next five years, as of 2020.

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - 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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