Private Tutors and Teachers teach students in the practice, theory and performance of subjects, such as art, dance, drama and music, in private training establishments.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Around half of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • planning programs of study for individual students and groups
  • preparing and presenting material on the theory of the subject area
  • instructing and demonstrating practical aspects of the subject area
  • assigning problems and exercises relative to students' training needs and talents
  • assessing students and offering advice, criticism and encouragement
  • revising curricula, course content, course materials and methods of instruction
  • preparing students for examinations, performance and assessments
  • keeping abreast of developments in the subject area by attending professional conferences, seminars and courses, reading current literature, and talking with colleagues
  • may arrange visits and tours to professional exhibitions and performances
  • may organise for exhibitions or performances of students' work

Job Titles

  • Art Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Music Teacher (Private Tuition)
  • Other Private Tutors and Teachers
  • Art Teacher (Private Tuition)

    Teaches art in private training establishments.

    Specialisations: School Inspector

  • Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)

    Teaches dance in private training establishments.

  • Drama Teacher (Private Tuition)

    Teaches drama in private training establishments.

    Specialisations: Ballet Teacher (Private Tuition)

  • Music Teacher (Private Tuition)

    Teaches music in private training establishments.

    Specialisations: Elocution Teacher

  • Other Private Tutors and Teachers

    Includes Dressmaking Teacher (Private Tuition), Handicrafts Teacher (Private Tuition), Language Tutor (Private Tuition), Maths Tutor (Private Tuition)

    Specialisations: Singing Teacher (Private Tuition)

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,250 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    34,700
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    25.3%
  • Female Share

    74.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    18.8%

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This is a large occupation employing 34,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Private Tutors and Teachers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Education and Training.
  • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,250 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 35 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 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
200524300
200627200
200722400
200829000
200934600
201033400
201132600
201226300
201334200
201430400
201534700
202040800

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.
EarningsPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings12501230

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.
CategoryPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-time18.868.4
Part-time81.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.440.0

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 Training93.6
Arts and Recreation Services2.5
Other Services1.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.9
Other Industries2.0

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.
StatePrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs Average
NSW36.331.8
VIC27.225.5
QLD15.719.8
SA4.86.8
WA11.211.2
TAS1.12.0
NT0.91.1
ACT2.71.8

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 BracketPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1914.9-5.45.4
20-2415.9-9.99.9
25-3418.2-23.423.4
35-4415.2-21.721.7
45-5414.5-21.121.1
55-596.3-8.78.7
60-649.1-5.95.9
65 and Over6.0-3.83.8

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.
CategoryPrivate Tutors and TeachersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males25.3Males53.6
Females74.7Females46.4

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 QualificationPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate14.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree32.4-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV6.5-18.918.9
Year 1227.4-18.718.7
Years 11 & 104.8-17.717.7
Below Year 103.6-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher, or at least 5 years of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job.
Around half of workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

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 Private Tutors and Teachers who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Knowledge

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

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    86% Important

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

  2. Education and Training

    85% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  3. English Language

    72% Important

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

  4. Communications and Media

    63% Important

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  5. Administration and Management

    53% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

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

  1. Coaching and Developing Others

    85% Important

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

  2. Training and Teaching Others

    79% Important

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

  3. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    78% Important

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

  4. Getting Information

    77% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Building Good Relationships

    75% Important

    Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.

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