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.

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Social Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Social Professionals.

    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

    More about Social Professionals

    All Social Professionals

    All Social Professionals

    • $1,942 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 12,900 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 39% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 64% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Social Professionals (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 12,900 in 2018 to 13,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Social Professionals work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Education and Training; and Public Administration and Safety.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,942 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (39%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 64% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    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
    20088200
    200910000
    201010100
    201111700
    201210300
    201311600
    20149000
    201510000
    201610600
    201712000
    201812900
    202313300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings19421460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services47.4
    Education and Training15.7
    Public Administration and Safety13.2
    Health Care and Social Assistance10.8
    Other Industries12.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC30.125.6
    QLD15.620.0
    SA6.97.0
    WA9.010.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT1.81.0
    ACT3.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSocial ProfessionalsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.2-5.05.0
    20-244.3-9.39.3
    25-3418.2-22.922.9
    35-4421.1-22.022.0
    45-5421.7-21.621.6
    55-5911.0-9.09.0
    60-649.1-6.06.0
    65 and Over12.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate35.6-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree32.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.5-21.121.1
    Year 129.5-18.118.1
    Year 111.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below3.1-12.512.5

    You usually need a formal qualification in a related field to work as a Social Professional. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Social Professionals.

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


    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.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Sociology and Anthropology

      95% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      84% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. English Language

      79% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      69% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Philosophy and Theology

      68% Skill level

      Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

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    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      96% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    3. Freedom to Make Decisions

      95% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      88% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 19-3041.00 - Sociologists.

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