Education Aides perform non-teaching duties to assist teaching staff in schools, provide care and supervision for children in preschools, and provide assistance to Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their teachers.

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support to work as an Education Aide. Traineeships may be available.

    Tasks

    • demonstrating, supervising and participating in activities which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children in schools and preschool centres
    • preparing indoor and outdoor areas for learning and recreational activities
    • assisting children with intellectual, physical and behavioural difficulties with their academic studies
    • assisting children individually to learn social skills
    • assisting with preparing teaching aids, and copying and collating written and printed material
    • distributing and collecting lesson material
    • providing assistance to small groups of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students
    • providing home-school liaison and counselling for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Maori students and their families

    All Education Aides

    • $1,094 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 90,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 22% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 39 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 90% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Education Aides (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 90,500 in 2018 to 109,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 85,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 17,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Education Aides work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia 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 $1,094 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 (22%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 39 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (56%).
    • Gender: 90% 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
    200858500
    200968300
    201064800
    201173500
    201284500
    201381000
    201482700
    201585200
    201685500
    201795700
    201890500
    2023109300

    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.
    EarningsEducation AidesAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10941460

    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 Training96.5
    Health Care and Social Assistance1.4
    Public Administration and Safety1.3
    Other Services0.3
    Other Industries0.5

    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.
    StateEducation AidesAll Jobs Average
    NSW21.731.6
    VIC22.225.6
    QLD27.320.0
    SA6.67.0
    WA16.310.8
    TAS2.92.0
    NT1.61.0
    ACT1.41.9

    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 BracketEducation AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.1-5.05.0
    20-245.4-9.39.3
    25-3410.6-22.922.9
    35-4425.6-22.022.0
    45-5434.1-21.621.6
    55-5912.7-9.09.0
    60-646.7-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationEducation AidesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate5.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree11.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV35.2-21.121.1
    Year 1215.7-18.118.1
    Year 114.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below10.6-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in education support to work as an Education Aide. Traineeships may be available.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Education Aide.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate

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    Employers look for Education Aides who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate well as part of a team and are motivated.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Psychology

      50% Skill level

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

    2. Education and training

      50% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and personal service

      49% Skill level

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

    4. English language

      49% Skill level

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

    5. Computers and electronics

      40% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Contact with people

      94% Important

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

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      92% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Teamwork

      89% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Physically close to people

      85% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    5. Freedom to make decisions

      77% Important

      Have freedom to make decision on your own.

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