Nurse Educators and Researchers provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.

    You usually need formal qualifications and extensive experience to work as a Nurse Educator or Researcher. Many Nurse Educators and Researchers complete postgraduate studies.

    Tasks

    • researching, planning, developing and implementing nursing curricula
    • facilitating practical experience for general and specialist nurses
    • evaluating ongoing and changing educational needs and monitoring course outcomes
    • participating in developing and implementing policies affecting nursing, nurse education and health
    • undertaking and promoting nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminating research information
    • promoting utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management
    • promoting the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management
    • providing support and education for other nurses undertaking research

    More about Nurse Educators and Researchers

    All Nurse Educators and Researchers

    All Nurse Educators and Researchers

    • $2,192 Weekly Pay
    • Very strong Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 6,600 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 59% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 91% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Nurse Educators and Researchers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 6,600 in 2018 to 7,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Nurse Educators and Researchers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Health Care and Social Assistance; Education and Training; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,192 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (59%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 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 (57%).
    • Gender: 91% 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
    20085100
    20093800
    20105200
    20117600
    20125100
    20135200
    20146200
    20155600
    20166900
    20178500
    20186600
    20237700

    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.
    EarningsNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings21921460

    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)
    Health Care and Social Assistance73.2
    Education and Training19.0
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.1
    Public Administration and Safety2.6
    Other Industries2.1

    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.
    StateNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.831.6
    VIC25.925.6
    QLD21.120.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA8.610.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT1.51.0
    ACT1.21.9

    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 BracketNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.1-5.05.0
    20-240.3-9.39.3
    25-3416.9-22.922.9
    35-4426.2-22.022.0
    45-5433.2-21.621.6
    55-5913.5-9.09.0
    60-646.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationNurse Educators and ResearchersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate47.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree41.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma9.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV0.9-21.121.1
    Year 120.8-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

    You usually need formal qualifications and extensive experience to work as a Nurse Educator or Researcher. Many Nurse Educators and Researchers complete postgraduate studies.

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    Employers look for Nurse Educators and Researchers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Education and Training

      94% Skill level

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

    2. English Language

      83% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      81% Skill level

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

    4. Psychology

      78% Skill level

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

    5. Therapy and Counseling

      75% Skill level

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

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1072.00 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary.

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    Demands

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

    1. Electronic Mail

      99% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      96% Important

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

    3. Freedom to Make Decisions

      95% Important

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

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      95% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Work With Work Group or Team

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

    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, 25-1072.00 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary.

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