Lifeguards look after the safety of people at beaches or swimming pools, through accident prevention and rescue, and educating the public on water safety.

    You usually need a certificate II in public safety (aquatic rescue), a royal life saving pool lifeguard certificate or a surf life saving bronze medallion to work as a Lifeguard.

    Tasks

    • Promotes water safety awareness and undertakes rescue of people in difficulty in the water.

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    • $1,548 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Lifeguards

    • 4,400 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 17% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 40 hours Average full-time
    • 21 years Average age
    • 38% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Lifeguards (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,500 in 2011 to 4,400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Lifeguards work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Arts and Recreation Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Education and Training.
    • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (17%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 21 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (71%).
    • Gender: 38% 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)
    Arts and Recreation Services56.6
    Public Administration and Safety28.6
    Education and Training6.3
    Other Services2.8
    Other Industries5.7

    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.
    StateLifeguardsAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.031.6
    VIC33.225.6
    QLD18.320.0
    SA4.17.0
    WA10.910.8
    TAS2.02.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT1.61.9

    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 BracketLifeguardsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1929.2-5.05.0
    20-2442.0-9.39.3
    25-3412.2-22.922.9
    35-446.2-22.022.0
    45-545.5-21.621.6
    55-592.5-9.09.0
    60-641.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

    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 QualificationLifeguardsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.4-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree10.9-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV14.3-21.121.1
    Year 1252.9-18.118.1
    Year 117.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate II in public safety (aquatic rescue), a royal life saving pool lifeguard certificate or a surf life saving bronze medallion to work as a Lifeguard.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • manual drivers licence
    • first aid certificate
    • fitness test
    • swimming test
    • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      85% Skill level

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

    2. Education and Training

      55% Skill level

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

    3. Public Safety and Security

      44% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

    4. Medicine and Dentistry

      40% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    5. Psychology

      37% Skill level

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

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    1. Contact With Others

      93% Important

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

    2. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

      92% Important

      How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

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

    4. Impact of Decisions

      91% Important

      What results do your decisions have on other people?

    5. Deal With External Customers

      89% Important

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

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