Teachers of the Sight Impaired teach academic and living skills to sight impaired students.

    Qualified teachers can complete a postgraduate degree to specialise as a Teacher of the Sight Impaired.

    Tasks

    • Assesses students' abilities and limitations.
    • Plans, organises and implements special programmes to provide remedial or advanced tuition.
    • Administers various forms of assessment and interprets the results.
    • Teaches basic academic subjects, and practical and self-help skills to sight impaired students.
    • Devises instructional materials, methods and aids to assist in training and rehabilitation.
    • Advises, instructs and counsels parents and teachers on the availability and use of special techniques.
    • Stimulates and develops interests, abilities, manual skills and co-ordination.
    • Confers with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons for special needs students.
    • Prepares and maintains student data and other records and submits reports.

    All Special Education Teachers

    • $1,914 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Teachers of the Sight Impaired

    • 200 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 62% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 52 years Average age
    • 89% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Teachers of the Sight Impaired (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 300 in 2011 to 200 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Teachers of the Sight Impaired work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (62%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (71%).
    • Gender: 89% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    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)
    Education and Training90.0
    Other Services5.3
    Health Care and Social Assistance3.2
    Public Administration and Safety1.6

    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.
    StateTeachers of the Sight ImpairedAll Jobs Average
    NSW54.131.6
    VIC16.025.6
    QLD11.920.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA8.210.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketTeachers of the Sight ImpairedAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-240.0-9.39.3
    25-3410.7-22.922.9
    35-4418.0-22.022.0
    45-5427.3-21.621.6
    55-5919.0-9.09.0
    60-6418.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over6.3-4.24.2

    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 QualificationTeachers of the Sight ImpairedAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate64.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree30.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.0-21.121.1
    Year 120.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    Qualified teachers can complete a postgraduate degree to specialise as a Teacher of the Sight Impaired.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Teacher of the Sight Impaired.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management

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    Employers look for Special Education Teachers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and communicate clearly, with strong people skills.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and training

      73% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      69% Skill level

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

    3. Psychology

      67% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    4. Customer and personal service

      60% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Therapy and counselling

      59% Skill level

      Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic mail

      96% Important

      Use electronic mail.

    2. Contact with people

      95% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    3. Indoors, heat controlled

      93% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    4. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    5. Teamwork

      86% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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    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, 25-2054.00 - Special Education Teachers, Secondary School.

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