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What do education graduates do?
After completing an education course, you may work as a teacher or teacher’s assistant, performing tasks to enable to social, educational and physical development of children and young people. In your role, you can expect to perform tasks such as:
- Preparing lessons, exercises and activities according to a curriculum;
- Teaching a subject, or multiple subjects, to a class of students;
- Presenting and describing topics using a range of teaching techniques and materials;
- Developing students’ interests, abilities and coordination using creative activities;
- Supervising class work;
- Guiding class discussion and participation;
- Preparing and marking tests, projects and assignments to record students’ progress;
- Managing behaviour and conflict in the classroom, using a range of disciplinary techniques;
- Supervising activities like school sports, carnivals, detentions and duty;
- Discussing individual student progress with other teachers, school administrators, parents and students;
- Liaising with school counsellors, parent and community groups;
- Participating in staff meetings, planning meetings and workshops;
- Design, develop and implement curriculums and teaching policies;
- Work closely with other educational team members to implement educational practices.
After completing an education course, you may choose to seek work as a:
- Early Childhood Teacher
- Community Worker
- Family Day Care Educator
- Mobile Service Educator
- Occasional Care Educator
- Child Development Worker
- Children’s Advisor
- Children’s Services Supervisor
- Education Support Worker
- Education Officer
- Special Needs Support Worker
- Teacher's Aide
- Teaching Assistant
- Education Assistant
- Learning Support Assistant
- Special Needs School Assistant
- Nominated Supervisor
- Centre Director
- Assistant Director
- Group Leader
- Educational Leader
- Child Care Assistant
- Outside School Hours Aide
- Pre-school Assistant
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You’ll enjoy working in the education sector if you:
- Love working with people
- Are patient and empathetic
- Are curious and resilient
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Can work independently
- Like problem-solving
- Have strong organisational and time management skills
- Are a confident public speaker
- Are committed to supporting others
- Enjoy fast-paced and varied work
The education sector in Australia is generally growing, and job opportunities are increasing in a range of different roles in most areas of Australia.
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts that over 10,000 new secondary school teachers, 9,000 new primary school teachers and 6,000 new special education aides will be required in Australia by 2020. Currently employing approximately 200,000 people, the education sector in Australia is extremely large and has been growing strongly for several years. Job opportunities in all professions within the sector are likely to expand in the next decade, with general growth in employment opportunities across all fields predicted to rise at a rate between 10 and 30 percent.
PayScale offers a range of salary predictions for different education areas. According to PayScale, a primary school teacher can expect to earn an average annual salary between $40,000 and $90,000 per year, with an average of approximately $60,000. PayScale notes that while there is a strong correlation between years of experience and earning potential, 45 percent of primary teachers have less than five years’ experience in their roles.
A secondary school teacher can expect to earn between $45,000 and $92,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $64,000. PayScale notes entry-level secondary teachers can expect to earn a competitive average salary of $61,000 per year.
A teacher’s aide can expect to earn between $23,000 and $50,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $44,000. Similarly, entry-level educational aides can expect to earn competitive average salaries, averaging approximately $40,00 per year.