Social Professionals research and study human behaviour, society and institutions from current and historical perspectives, and verbally render spoken statements, and transcribe text and recorded spoken material from one language into another.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required and more than three in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Tasks

  • assembling historical data by consulting sources of information such as historical indexes and catalogues, archives, court records, diaries, newspaper files and other materials
  • organising, authenticating, evaluating and interpreting historical, political, sociological, anthropological and linguistic data
  • undertaking historical and cultural research into human activity, and preparing and presenting research findings
  • providing simultaneous and consecutive verbal or signed renditions of speeches into another language
  • rendering the meaning and feeling of what is said and signed into another language in the appropriate register and style in a range of settings such as courts, hospitals, schools, workplaces and conferences
  • studying original texts and transcripts of recorded spoken material to comprehend subject matter and translating them into another language
  • rendering the meaning and feeling of written material, such as literary, legal, technical and scientific texts, into another language in the appropriate register and style, so that it will read as an original piece rather than as a translation

Job Titles

  • Historian
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Archaeologist
  • Other Social Professionals
  • Historian

    Researches the history of human activity and prepares accounts of findings.

    Specialisations: Art Historian, Cultural Historian, Economic Historian, Geographical Historian

  • Interpreter

    Transfers a spoken or signed language into another spoken or signed language, usually within a limited time frame in the presence of the participants requiring the translation.

  • Translator

    Transfers a source text from one language into another, usually within an extended time frame to allow for corrections and modifications and without the presence of the participants requiring the translation.

  • Archaeologist

    Studies human activity in the past, primarily through the recovery and analysis of the material culture and environmental data left behind, which includes artifacts, architecture, biofacts and cultural landscapes (the archaeological record).

  • Other Social Professionals

    Includes Anthropologist, Criminologist, Geographer, Heritage Consultant, Linguist, Parole Board Member, Political Scientist, Sociologist, Transport Analyst

Fast Facts

  • $1,300 Weekly Pay
  • 12,500 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 41.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 38.2 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 56.3% female Gender Share

The number of Social Professionals grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 12,500 in 2017 to 14,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Social Professionals work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,300 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (41%, fewer than the all jobs average of 68.4%), showing there are many opportunites to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 38.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 56.3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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
20078400
20088200
200910000
201010100
201111700
201210300
201311500
20149000
201510000
201610700
201712500
202214100

Weekly Earnings

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.
EarningsSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13001230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services40.1
Education and Training22.1
Public Administration and Safety14.2
Health Care and Social Assistance10.9
Other Industries12.7

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 2017, 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.
StateSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
NSW21.931.6
VIC36.326.2
QLD17.919.7
SA2.46.7
WA14.510.8
TAS1.22.0
NT1.51.1
ACT4.31.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.4-5.25.2
20-245.8-9.99.9
25-3423.9-23.623.6
35-4419.5-21.721.7
45-5423.2-20.820.8
55-593.7-8.88.8
60-649.6-6.06.0
65 and Over12.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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 QualificationSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate34.5-8.68.6
Bachelor degree36.9-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.3-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 1214.3-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required and more than three in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Social Professionals who have good leadership and planning skills, with a strong ability to communicate.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Sociology and Anthropology

    100% Important

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  2. English Language

    89% Important

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

  3. Education and Training

    83% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  4. Mathematics

    70% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    60% Important

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

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Analyzing Data or Information

    96% Important

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  2. Getting Information

    95% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Interacting With Computers

    92% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  4. Interpreting Information for Others

    91% Important

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  5. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    90% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

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