Private Tutors and Teachers teach students in the practice, theory and performance of subjects, such as art, dance, drama and music, in private training establishments.

    You need a high level of knowledge in your field to work as a Private Tutor or Teacher. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Private Tutors and Teachers.

    Tasks

    • planning programs of study for individual students and groups
    • preparing and presenting material on the theory of the subject area
    • instructing and demonstrating practical aspects of the subject area
    • assigning problems and exercises relative to students' training needs and talents
    • assessing students and offering advice, criticism and encouragement
    • revising curricula, course content, course materials and methods of instruction
    • preparing students for examinations, performance and assessments
    • keeping abreast of developments in the subject area by attending professional conferences, seminars and courses, reading current literature, and talking with colleagues
    • may arrange visits and tours to professional exhibitions and performances
    • may organise for exhibitions or performances of students' work

    All Private Tutors and Teachers

    • $1,122 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 39,700 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 20% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 45 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 71% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Private Tutors and Teachers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 39,700 in 2018 to 41,800 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 30,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 6,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Private Tutors and Teachers work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,122 per week (below 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 (20%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (29%).
    • Gender: 71% 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
    200825900
    200930200
    201035000
    201133000
    201231500
    201330700
    201428800
    201533400
    201638600
    201739700
    201839700
    202341800

    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.
    EarningsPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11221460

    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 Training90.9
    Health Care and Social Assistance2.3
    Arts and Recreation Services2.3
    Other Services1.1
    Other Industries3.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs Average
    NSW37.731.6
    VIC26.125.6
    QLD16.520.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA9.210.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT2.41.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1912.4-5.05.0
    20-2417.0-9.39.3
    25-3418.0-22.922.9
    35-4416.2-22.022.0
    45-5415.1-21.621.6
    55-597.2-9.09.0
    60-646.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over7.8-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, 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 QualificationPrivate Tutors and TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate16.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree31.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma13.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV5.8-21.121.1
    Year 1224.9-18.118.1
    Year 112.6-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below4.7-12.512.5

    You need a high level of knowledge in your field to work as a Private Tutor or Teacher. Formal qualifications might be useful but aren't essential. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Private Tutors and Teachers.

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    Employers look for Private Tutors and Teachers who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      77% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      69% Skill level

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

    3. English Language

      61% Skill level

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

    4. Communications and Media

      50% Skill level

      Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

    5. Sales and Marketing

      43% Skill level

      Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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    Demands

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

    1. Contact With Others

      93% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    2. Freedom to Make Decisions

      88% Important

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

    3. Deal With External Customers

      84% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    4. Physical Proximity

      83% Important

      How physically close are you to other people?

    5. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      81% Important

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

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