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

Data

Employment Level - November 2019 ('000)

1,081.2

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

167.6

Employment Growth - Five Years to November 2019 (%)

18.3

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

28.7

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

71.3

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

61.5

Average Full Time Hours - November 2019

35

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

1,200

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

129.3

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

12.2

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

164,100

Secondary School TeachersOpens a new window

136,500

Education AidesOpens a new window

92,600

University Lecturers and TutorsOpens a new window

50,600

Private Tutors and TeachersOpens a new window

41,200

General ClerksOpens a new window

29,900

Child CarersOpens a new window

26,600

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

24,900

School PrincipalsOpens a new window

23,200

Vocational Education TeachersOpens a new window

23,100

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



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