Education and training

Careers in education and training, like teachers and trainers, are geared toward ensuring that students gain the best education to prepare them for their futures.

Careers include primary and secondary teachers, day care and preschool instructors, university lecturers and tutors as well as supporting professionals such as guidance counsellors, social workers and school administrators among many others. This industry also includes vocational education and training programmes and adult education.

Education and training roles are usually essential positions needed in society and offer a stable work life. Schools and training programs are, however, affected by governmental budget cuts, school-age populations and enrolment rates, which can influence hiring rates and cut backs. Professionals working in the education and training field typically work during school hours Mondays to Fridays teaching and monitoring students, and are required to prepare and plan lessons after the school day. University lecturers and vocational training programme teachers may work in evenings or weekends to cater to older students and adults.

Professionals in education and training should enjoy working with children and students and have concern for each individual students learning abilities and comprehension of the subject material. Educators should be creative and innovative to deliver lesson plans and subject matter in new and different ways to help students understand and grasp material and concepts.

Careers in education and training typically require advanced certifications or bachelors degree in education or subject teaching. Child care workers and preschool teachers usually need early child development/education training and special education teachers require specialised degrees and training. University lecturers require postgraduate degrees and should enjoy research activities in their field of interest.

Related degrees

Related subjects

Professional associations and industry bodies

Adult Learning Australia

Australian Association for Research in Education 

Australian College of Educators 

Australian Education Union

Australian Institute of Training and Development 

Australian Science Teachers Association 

Australian Society for Music Education

Modern Language Teachers Association of Victoria

NSW Teachers Federation

New South Wales Government Department of Education and Training

Queensland College of Teachers  

Teachers Registration Board of Northern Territory

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

Victorian Institute of Teaching 

Western Australian College of Teaching

Skills and personality

  • Administration abilities for enrolling students and updating databases
  • Creative and dynamic with young children to aide in their development
  • Effective coordination and organisation capabilities
  • Enjoy working with children and students
  • Grading work, preparing lectures and delivering lessons
  • Leadership skills directing students and daily lesson plans and activities
  • Manage or oversee teachers and staff and ensure proper conduct
  • Patience and commitment to teaching subject material and ensuring all students comprehend it
  • Research skills and analytical abilities to evaluate educational systems and student progress
  • Strong speaking communication skills delivering lesson plans, lectures and teaching materials
  • Time management