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Employment Outlook

Youth Worker

A Youth Worker helps young people with a range of issues, working through them in a safe and comfortable environment. This includes both emotional and social development, through using educational processes.


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Employment Levels

Around 49,600 people are currently employed as Youth Workers in Australia. This is set to increase to 62,800 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

32.4% of all Youth Workers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Youth Workers is ACT, with only 1.6%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 25.6% of Youth Workers being male and 74.3% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Youth Workers is 45-54 years old, with 27.4%. A small percentage (5.2%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Youth Workers, with 12.3% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Youth Workers work an average of 36.6 hours a week which is 4.3 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Youth Workers have a Bachelor Degree qualification (32.6%) or are at a Certificate III/IV level (22.2%). 84% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 16% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Youth Worker Duties & Tasks

  • Work closely with youths to build a good relationship
  • Plan positive projects and engaging experiences for youths to get involved in
  • Face-to-face mentoring, listening and providing advice
  • Administration work



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.