More than 300,000 babies are born in Australia each year, compared to just 182,000 in 1947 - the first year of the Baby Boomers (Australian Bureau of Statistics). These children will create an unprecedented demand for quality education providers and with it, demand for skilled and experienced teachers.
And it isn’t just primary and secondary school teachers who are sought-after. As the pressure mounts for standardised testing such as NAPLAN, more parents are signing their children up for tutoring and creating increased demand on the country’s 39,000 tutors (Job Outlook).
Ivan Colhoun, NAB’s chief markets economist, confirms that strong population growth is driving demand in the education job market alongside other factors.
“Increased state revenues from stamp duty on housing sales is benefiting state governments' budgets, and may enable state governments to spend more on education,” Colhoun says.
In addition, more school leavers are pursuing higher education, driving the need for tertiary education managers. With the number of Australian students in tertiary education expected to increase to 344,000 by 2020 according to the Group of Eight (Go8), growth in the tertiary sector is unlikely to subside.
“The outlook for secondary teachers in particular is good – especially in specialist subjects such as maths and science. Other areas where secondary teachers are in demand are home economics and design.
As well as a shortage of experienced specialist teachers, there aren’t sufficient teaching graduates coming out of university who can teach these high demand subjects.
In education, secondary teaching is definitely the growth sector for permanent jobs. Teachers willing to move to regional areas will have a greater choice of jobs. Relocation also gives candidates the opportunity to climb the career ladder more quickly and get jobs as heads of departments or school level co-ordinators.”
– Matt Hodges, Operations Director Education at Randstad
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