The number of people working as Primary School Teachers (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 169,400 in 2018 to 185,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 93,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 18,600 a year).
- Size: This is a very large occupation.
- Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
- Location: Primary School Teachers work in many regions of Australia.
- Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
- Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,801 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
- Full-time: Many work full-time (65%, similar to the average of 66%).
- Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
- Age: The average age is 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
- Gender: 85% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Primary School Teachers.