Middle School Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to middle school or intermediate school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the relevant state or territory board of education may be required.

Tasks

  • presenting prescribed curriculum using a range of teaching techniques and materials
  • developing students' interests, abilities and coordination by way of creative activities
  • guiding discussions and supervising work in class
  • preparing, administering and marking tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students' progress and recording the results
  • discussing individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seeking advice from Student Counsellors and senior teachers
  • maintaining discipline in classrooms and other school areas
  • participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • liaising with parent, community and business groups
  • maintaining class and scholastic records
  • performing extra-curricular tasks such as assisting with sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs
  • supervising student teachers on placement

Job Titles

  • Middle School Teacher

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,581 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      decline
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      800
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      34.8%
    • Female Share

      65.2%
    • Full-Time Share

      89.6%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 800 workers. The number of workers has fallen over the past 5 years.
    Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to fall to 800. Less than 1,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, South Australia and theNorthern Territory have a large share of Middle School Teachers.
    • They nearly all work in Education and Training.
    • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 45.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,581 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
    • Around 7 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    2007900
    20081900
    2009900
    20101100
    20111200
    20122100
    2013800
    20141800
    20151100
    20161000
    2017800
    2022800

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15811230

    Hours

    Full-Time and Part-Time Status (% Share) and Average Weekly Hours (Full-Time)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time89.668.4
    Part-time10.531.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)4540

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training100

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    NSW031.8
    VIC18.725.5
    QLD23.419.8
    SA42.36.8
    WA011.2
    TAS02
    NT15.51.1
    ACT01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190-5.45.4
    20-2434.4-9.99.9
    25-347.6-23.423.4
    35-4428.2-21.721.7
    45-5418.1-21.121.1
    55-599.6-8.78.7
    60-640-5.95.9
    65 and Over2.1-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryMiddle School TeachersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males34.8Males53.6
    Females65.2Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    No data is available for the selected graph for this Occupation.

    A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the relevant state or territory board of education may be required.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Middle School Teachers who demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive attitude, can connect well with others and work well in a team.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. English Language

      92% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Education and Training

      89% Important

      Teaching and course design.

    3. Computers and Electronics

      70% Important

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    4. Mathematics

      70% Important

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Psychology

      70% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    Occupational Information Network
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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Documenting/Recording Information

      91% Important

      Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

    2. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      87% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

    3. Training and Teaching Others

      86% Important

      Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

    4. Coaching and Developing Others

      86% Important

      Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping others to improve.

    5. Interpreting Information for Others

      85% Important

      Helping people to understand and use information.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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