Vocational Education Teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study at technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, polytechnics and other training institutes to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes.

A Bachelor Degree or higher or a Postgraduate Diploma in adult education is usually required. Sometimes relevant industry and vocational education experience, or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • identifying the various needs of students and creating effective learning options to meet these needs
  • liaising with individuals, industry and education sectors to ensure provision of relevant programs and services
  • planning, designing and developing course curriculum and method of instruction
  • advising students on courses and related matters
  • teaching students using teaching aids including presentation of lesson materials, discussions, workshops, laboratory sessions, multimedia aids and computer tutorials
  • marking and grading students' assignments, papers and exams and providing feedback to students about their progress
  • maintaining records of students' progress, attendance and training activities
  • consulting with Education Managers, Librarians, Student Counsellors and other support staff

Job Titles

  • Vocational Education Teacher
  • Vocational Education Teacher

    Specialisations: Adult Education Teacher, TAFE Lecturer, TAFE Teacher, Workplace Trainer and Assessor

Fast Facts

  • $1,524 Weekly Pay
  • 30,400 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 63.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.1 hours Average full-time
  • 50 years Average age
  • 47.6% female Gender Share

The number of Vocational Education Teachers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 30,400 in 2018 to 25,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 10,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Vocational Education Teachers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Education and Training; Health Care and Social Assistance; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,524 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (63%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63.8%).
  • Gender: 47.6% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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
200838300
200943800
201035400
201133700
201237500
201334900
201435500
201533400
201629000
201731000
201830400
202325700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. 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.
EarningsVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings15241230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training74.9
Health Care and Social Assistance5.0
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services3.1
Administrative and Support Services2.9
Other Industries14.1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.731.6
VIC25.226.2
QLD17.819.7
SA8.26.7
WA15.610.8
TAS1.52.0
NT0.91.1
ACT1.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-242.3-9.99.9
25-348.8-23.623.6
35-4425.1-21.721.7
45-5429.6-20.820.8
55-5916.4-8.88.8
60-6410.4-6.06.0
65 and Over7.4-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationVocational Education TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.6-8.68.6
Bachelor degree31.2-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.2-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV17.8-18.918.9
Year 123.2-18.718.7
Years 11 & 106.1-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher or a Postgraduate Diploma in adult education is usually required. Sometimes relevant industry and vocational education experience, or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may be required.

Explore courses that may interest you.

  • My Skills is the national directory of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and provides information about work knowledge and skills based courses.
  • You might be interested in Training and Education and Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Vocational Education Teachers who are trustworthy and responsible, motivated and have good interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    91% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    90% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. English Language

    78% Important

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

  4. Administration and Management

    66% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  5. Public Safety and Security

    62% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1194.00 - Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Training and Teaching Others

    94% Important

    Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

  2. Performing for or Working Directly with the Public

    91% Important

    Performing for, or speaking with, the public. This includes speaking on television, serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

  3. Coaching and Developing Others

    88% Important

    Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping others to improve.

  4. Guiding, Directing and Motivating Staff

    83% Important

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    81% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1194.00 - Vocational Education Teachers, Postsecondary.

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