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Employment Outlook

Child Development Worker

A Child Development Worker provides care and learning opportunities to children, in a secure and stimulating environment. This role has a number of varied and enriching tasks.


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Employment Levels

Around 130,200 people are currently employed as Child Development Workers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 152,900 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

34% of all Child Development Workers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Child Development Workers is NT, with only 1.3%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 4.7% of Child Development Workers being male and 95.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Child Development Workers is 25-34 years old, with 25.2%. A small percentage (5.4%) of people get into this career path older, aged 55-59. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Child Development Workers, with 13.3% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Child Development Workers work an average of 37.3 hours a week which is 3.6 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Child Development Workers have a Certificate III/IV qualification (31.4%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (29.1%). 75.2% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 24.8% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Child Development Worker Duties & Tasks

  • Provide learning opportunities for children, to help with their natural, ongoing development
  • Engage with parents to help them understand the approach to learning
  • Observe the children, to see their progress over time and to help engage parents in their development



*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.