Middle School Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to middle school or intermediate school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

    A bachelor degree in education is needed to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

    Tasks

    • presenting prescribed curriculum using a range of teaching techniques and materials
    • developing students' interests, abilities and coordination by way of creative activities
    • guiding discussions and supervising work in class
    • preparing, administering and marking tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students' progress and recording the results
    • discussing individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seeking advice from Student Counsellors and senior teachers
    • maintaining discipline in classrooms and other school areas
    • participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
    • liaising with parent, community and business groups
    • maintaining class and scholastic records
    • performing extra-curricular tasks such as assisting with sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs
    • supervising student teachers on placement

    All Middle School Teachers

    • $1,954 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 83% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 46 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 66% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Middle School Teachers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 1,100 in 2018 to 1,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be less than 1,000 job openings over 5 years.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Middle School Teachers work in many parts of Australia. South Australia and the Northern Territory have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,954 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (83%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 66% 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
    20081900
    2009900
    20101100
    20111200
    20122100
    2013700
    20141700
    20151300
    20161200
    2017800
    20181100
    20231100

    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.
    EarningsMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings19541460

    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 Training98.5
    Public Administration and Safety1.1
    Other Services0.4

    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.
    StateMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs Average
    NSW5.531.6
    VIC13.925.6
    QLD20.520.0
    SA29.77.0
    WA8.410.8
    TAS1.82.0
    NT18.61.0
    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 BracketMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-244.8-9.39.3
    25-3433.3-22.922.9
    35-4425.0-22.022.0
    45-5423.8-21.621.6
    55-597.4-9.09.0
    60-644.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMiddle School TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate32.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree63.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.6-21.121.1
    Year 120.9-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.0-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in education is needed to work as a Middle School Teacher. If you already have a degree in a relevant field you can complete a postgraduate qualification in secondary education to become a Middle School Teacher.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Middle School Teacher.

    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 Middle School Teachers who demonstrate an enthusiastic and positive attitude, can connect well with others and work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      79% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      76% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      63% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      58% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Computers and Electronics

      57% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

    Occupational Information Network
    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, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical 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.

    Filter Work Environment

    Demands

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

    1. Contact With Others

      96% Important

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

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

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

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      95% Important

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

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      92% Important

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

    5. Electronic Mail

      89% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    Occupational Information Network
    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, 25-2022.00 - Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education.

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