Education and Training employs approximately 1,081,200 persons (ABS trend data), which accounts for 8.3 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 18.3 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 42 years and median weekly earnings are around $1,200 per week.

Individuals engaged in this industry normally provide education and training from preschool through to university level education, and adult and community classes and programs. They might be employed by public or privately-owned schools, colleges, technical colleges, training centres and universities.

Top causes of injury

The most common causes of injury include:

  • manual handling and repetitive movement eg typing, lifting or moving objects
  • stress eg from work demands, harassment, bullying
  • slips, trips and falls
  • injuries caused by aggressive and unpredictable people, including students.

Common hazards

Common hazards and risks within the education and training industry, including:

  • lifting heavy objects
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • psychological stress
  • fatigue.

Employment Characteristics Data

Employment Characteristics


Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five years to November 2019 ('000)


Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)


Male Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Female Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Full Time Share of Employment - Year to November 2019 (%)


Average Full Time Hours - November 2019


Median Weekly Earnings in Main Job - August 2019 ($)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 ('000)


Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2024 (%)


Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Education, Skills and Employment trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, August 2019; Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019 employment projections, five years to May 2024.

Top 10 Occupations Data

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2018)

Primary School TeachersOpens a new window


Secondary School TeachersOpens a new window


Education AidesOpens a new window


University Lecturers and TutorsOpens a new window


Private Tutors and TeachersOpens a new window


General ClerksOpens a new window


Child CarersOpens a new window


Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) TeachersOpens a new window


School PrincipalsOpens a new window


Vocational Education TeachersOpens a new window


Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.

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