Vocational Education Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, polytechnics and other training institutes to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes.

A Bachelor Degree or higher or a Postgraduate Diploma in adult education is usually required Sometimes relevant industry and vocational education experience, or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • identifying the various needs of students and creating effective learning options to meet these needs
  • liaising with individuals, industry and education sectors to ensure provision of relevant programs and services
  • planning, designing and developing course curriculum and method of instruction
  • advising students on courses and related matters
  • teaching students using teaching aids including presentation of lesson materials, discussions, workshops, laboratory sessions, multimedia aids and computer tutorials
  • marking and grading students' assignments, papers and exams and providing feedback to students about their progress
  • maintaining records of students' progress, attendance and training activities
  • consulting with Education Managers, Librarians, Student Counsellors and other support staff

Job Titles

  • Vocational Education Teacher
  • Vocational Education Teacher

    Specialisations: University Demonstrator

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,524 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    stable
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    32,200
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    53.6%
  • Female Share

    46.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    68.8%

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This is a large occupation employing 32,200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Vocational Education Teachers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time work is fairly common. Full-time workers, on average, work 36.6 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,524 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 workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 7 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 5 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200531600
200632400
200739200
200841200
200937400
201035300
201136600
201235800
201337000
201433800
201532200
202032800

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.
EarningsVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15241230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

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.
CategoryVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-time68.868.4
Part-time31.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)36.640.0

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 Training80.7
Health Care and Social Assistance3.3
Public Administration and Safety3.1
Financial and Insurance Services2.0
Other Industries10.9

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.
StateVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.8
VIC28.625.5
QLD20.419.8
SA8.96.8
WA7.811.2
TAS2.72.0
NT1.11.1
ACT1.41.8

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 BracketVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.6-5.45.4
20-240.7-9.99.9
25-3411.7-23.423.4
35-4417.5-21.721.7
45-5439.5-21.121.1
55-5915.6-8.78.7
60-646.4-5.95.9
65 and Over8.0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryVocational Education TeachersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males53.6Males53.6
Females46.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.6-8.68.6
Bachelor degree31.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.8-18.918.9
Year 123.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 106.1-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher or a Postgraduate Diploma in adult education is usually required. Sometimes relevant industry and vocational education experience, or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing 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 Vocational Education Teachers who are trustworthy and responsible, motivated and have good interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

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

  1. Education and Training

    91% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    90% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    78% Important

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

  4. Administration and Management

    66% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    62% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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Activities

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

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    94% Important

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

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    91% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  3. Coaching and Developing Others

    88% Important

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

  4. Guiding, Directing and Motivating Staff

    83% Important

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

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