Secondary School Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to secondary 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

  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Secondary School Teacher

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Fast Facts

  • $1,500 Weekly Pay
  • 133,200 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 77.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.5 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 63.2% female Gender Share

The number of Secondary School Teachers stayed fairly stable over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 133,200 in 2017 to 139,000 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 64,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Secondary School Teachers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,500 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: Many work full-time (77.6%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 63.2% 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
2007130800
2008135300
2009138200
2010138000
2011131300
2012130700
2013134100
2014126800
2015134300
2016131300
2017133200
2022139000

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.
EarningsSecondary School TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15001230

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 Training99.5
Public Administration and Safety0.4
Other Industries0.1

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.
StateSecondary School TeachersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.6
VIC28.026.2
QLD17.719.7
SA5.46.7
WA10.510.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.81.1
ACT1.61.8

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 BracketSecondary School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.25.2
20-243.5-9.99.9
25-3426.1-23.623.6
35-4425.7-21.721.7
45-5422.3-20.820.8
55-5912.7-8.88.8
60-646.2-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.04.0

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 QualificationSecondary School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate35.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree60-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.6-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0.5-18.918.9
Year 121.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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 Secondary School Teachers who can communicate and connect with others, who are caring, compassionate and empathetic.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    86% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. English Language

    84% Important

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

  3. Psychology

    75% 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.

  4. Computers and Electronics

    69% Important

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

  5. Mathematics

    68% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2031.00 - Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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Activities

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

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    91% Important

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

  2. Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

    84% Important

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  3. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    80% Important

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

  5. Coaching and Developing Others

    79% Important

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

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, 25-2031.00 - Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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