The South Australian education and training industry employs 48,700 people, which is 6.1% of the State’s workforce.

Most people in this industry work with children at school. These people are mostly professionals who work full-time and have a university degree.

Any role involving children and young people will require a police check.

Most of the jobs are in the metropolitan area and there are very good opportunities in regional South Australia too.

Job openings for skilled workers

Early childhood (pre-primary school teacher)

Primary school teacher

Secondary school teacher

University lecturer and tutor

Vocational education teacher


Quick facts about this industry

  • Science and maths are important for training and work in this industry.
  • Two thirds of people work full-time.
  • The majority of the workforce has a university degree or higher qualification.
  • Two thirds of the workforce are women.
  • People are generally older than those in other industries.
  • Teaching in South Australian schools requires registration with the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia.
  • You need to be able to communicate simply and clearly, be patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and be prepared to work outside school or core teaching hours.
  • Early childhood teachers earn between $1,250 and $1,500 while primary, middle and secondary earn about $1,500 per week. Vocational teachers earn between $1,500 and $2,000 per week. Most university lecturers earn more than $2,000 per week.

School options

Ask your vocational education and training (VET) Coordinator at school for information about doing vocational education during the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), including the Training Guarantee for SACE (or equivalent) students. Visit the VET section of the SACE website for training options in:

  • Community services

Vocational qualifications include:

To become a vocational education teacher, you usually need an appropriate qualification and/or experience in the field that you wish to teach. Once you have this qualification or experience, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment is required, and a tertiary qualification in adult or vocational education is also recommended.

A Diploma of Vocational Education and Training is also available to study.

See courses related to this industry.

University disciplines include:

  • Early childhood education
  • Primary education
  • Primary and middle education
  • Secondary education
  • Special education

To become an early childhood, junior primary, primary, middle or secondary school teacher, you usually have to study a bachelor degree in a related field at university.

Alternatively, you can undertake a postgraduate qualification after completing a bachelor degree. All teachers have to continually update their subject knowledge and teaching methods through private study and professional development activities.

Explore university courses offered in South Australia, including courses from:

For more information about university courses visit South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) or for information about student satisfaction visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Apply to study

For application information for South Australian universities and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

For subsidised training enrolment information, see Enrolling in subsidised training.

For more information, call the Infoline on 1800 673 097.

Occupations in this industry

Education and training involves providing teaching and allied services to students from preschool through to the tertiary sector and other adult and community education. It includes support services such as curriculum development, examination design and evaluation to teachers and trainers.

Primary school teachers educate primary school children by planning and conducting an education program to develop literacy, numeracy and students’ physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth.

Special education teachers develop and conduct learning programs for preschool, primary and secondary students who have learning difficulties or an impairment in their physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual abilities. Some also teach students who are intellectually gifted.

Key occupations

Other occupations in this industry include:

Driving instructor, education aide, English as a second language teacher, educational adviser and reviewer, middle school teacher, manufacturer, nurse educator and researcher, physical education teacher, private tutor, school principal or workplace trainer and assessor.

Related industries for these occupations:

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Career information has been sourced from government publications. See data sources for more information.

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