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

    • $1,581 Weekly Pay
    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • Higher unemployment Unemployment
    • 90.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • Unavailable Average full-time
    • 46.5 years Average age
    • 45.0% female Gender Share

    The number of Middle School Teachers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2018 to 1,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
    • Location: Middle School Teachers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in The Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (90.5%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 45% 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 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20081900
    2009900
    20101100
    20111200
    20122100
    2013700
    20141700
    20151300
    20161200
    2017800
    20181100
    20231100

    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.
    EarningsMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings15811230

    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)
    Education and Training97.7
    Public Administration and Safety2.4

    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.
    StateMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    NSW0.031.6
    VIC23.526.2
    QLD10.119.7
    SA11.86.7
    WA22.310.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT29.61.1
    ACT2.71.8

    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 BracketMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.25.2
    20-240.0-9.99.9
    25-3432.6-23.623.6
    35-4434.5-21.721.7
    45-5419.5-20.820.8
    55-592.8-8.88.8
    60-646.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.0-4.04.0

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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    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.

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    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

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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.

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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

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

    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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