Turn your passion for helping people into an energising and rewarding professional career by studying a child care course.
Child care workers play a vital role in supporting the social, emotional and physical development of young people. As a child care worker, you can expect to work in an intimate and hands-on role, performing tasks like:
After completing a child care course, you may choose to work in a variety of school, crèche, child care centre and recreational centre settings. Jobs you may pursue after graduation include roles such as:
You’ll find working in child care rewarding and stimulating if you:
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, the child care industry in Australia is large and growing. Job opportunities in the child care sector have increased steadily in the last decade. The sector currently employs approximately 149,600 child care workers. Job Outlook predicts this demand will continue until at least 2020, with approximately 39,000 new child care workers predicted to be needed in the next decade.
According to PayScale, child care workers can expect to earn between $20,000 and $55,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $45,000. While salary does increase with experience, PayScale notes only a modest relationship, indicating entry-level workers may enjoy earning competitive salaries.
PayScale notes that a child care centre manager can expect to earn between $45,000 and $81,000 per year, with an average salary of $63,000 per year. Job Outlook observes that managers may earn up to an additional 50 per cent of the weekly salary of a child care worker, stating that workers take home on average $800 per week, while child care centre managers earn on average $1,160 per week.