Primary School Teachers teach a range of subjects within a prescribed curriculum to primary school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Specialisations: Primary School Teacher-Librarian.
Earnings are median for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax, including amounts salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.
Source: ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), Customised Report.
The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change, compared to all other occupations. Possible ratings are
A lower unemployment rate shows people who work in this job are less likely to be out of work than people who work in other jobs.
Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.
Sources: ABS Labour Force Survey (custom trend) for 4-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 1112) and 2016 Census for 6-digit occupations (e.g., ANZSCO ID 111211). As the figures come from different sources, the 6-digit figures may not sum to match the 4-digit totals.
Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job tasks. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job. Entry level jobs often need no prior training or experience. Possible ratings are
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
Average full-time hours is the actual hours worked in this job per week, by people who work full-time hours in all of their jobs combined.
This is the average age of all workers in this job. See the Prospects page for the full age profile.
The number of people working as Primary School Teachers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:from 151,800 in 2014 to 160,800 in 2019.
Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.
A bachelor degree in education majoring in primary education is needed to work as a Primary School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in primary education to become a Primary School Teacher.
Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Primary School Teacher.
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Employers look for Primary School Teachers who demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive attitude, can connect well with others and work well in a team.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2021.00 - Elementary School Teachers, Except Special 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.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
Work physically close to other people.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Use electronic mail.
Lead others to do work activities.
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.