Education and Training

This image shows that there were 1,024,300 people employed in Education and Training as at November 2017, up 5.5% since November 2016 and 14.1% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 12.0% over the five years to May 2022.
31% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
71% of workers are female (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
86% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
40% of jobs are part-time (up 1 percentage point over 5 years).
The median age is 44 years (no change over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Primary School Teachers 156,800 158,900
Secondary School Teachers 131,000 131,600
Education Aides 87,500 97,000
University Lecturers and Tutors 48,900 50,100
Private Tutors and Teachers 40,100 45,800

Employment, Education and Training (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Education and Training industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased steadily over this period to 1,024,300 in November 2017.

Did you know?
More than one third of Education and Training workers also complete volunteer work

Education and Training is a large and fast growing industry. A significant share is female and part-time work is common. The workforce is highly educated and university education is often required.

A large proportion of these workers are aged 55 years or older, suggesting retirements will create many opportunities in the industry over the next decade.

Education and Training employment is projected to increase strongly over the five years to May 2022, influenced by growth in the school aged population, continued strength in international education and growing demand for adult and community education.

Educational attainment, Education and Training (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Education and Training industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 62%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 20%. Other qualification 4%. No post-school qualification 14%.

Age profile, Education and Training (%)

Shows the age profile of the Education and Training workforce. 9% aged 15 to 24 years. 20% aged 25 to 34 years. 23% aged 35 to 44 years. 25% aged 45 to 54 years. 23% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; NCVER, Apprentices and Trainees

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