Education and Training: Hot in 2015

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.

Occupations in high demand

  • Secondary teachers
  • Tutors
  • Tertiary education managers

Why secondary teachers?

  • More Australian students are completing secondary school, leading to an increase in demand for tertiary education.
  • The teaching population is ageing. In NSW, 18% of all teachers have reached retirement age with a further 17 per cent to do so in the next five years (NSW Government).

Why tutors?

  • As stated by the Australian Tutoring Association, an increasing amount of parents are hoping their children secure a place in their first preference in senior school or university. This has led to an increase in the demand for tutors to help their children secure that place.
  • Schools are keen to keep their National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) results high, and are encouraging parents to arrange tutors for their children to maximise their chance for success.

Why tertiary education management?

  • The Department of Education projects there will be 88,000 more full-time equivalent domestic students in higher education in 2017-18 (compared to 2013-14), leading to growth for universities and an increase in demand for staff to manage them.
  • Australia’s evolution from a production economy to a ‘knowledge economy’ (where white collar careers are more prevalent than blue-collar) has resulted in more careers requiring tertiary education. As institutions broaden their offering to cater to these industries and careers, more tertiary education managers are required.

Words from an expert

“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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