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Employment Outlook

Early Childhood Educator

An Early Childhood Educator works with children to help with their natural development and interactions with others, whilst developing their basic skills. This role will not only provide variety, but can also be extremely rewarding.


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Employment Levels

Around 130,200 people are currently employed as Early Childhood Educators 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 Early Childhood Educators are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Early Childhood Educators is NT, with only 1.3%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 4.7% of Early Childhood Educators being male and 95.4% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Early Childhood Educators 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 Early Childhood Educators, with 13.3% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Early Childhood Educators 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 Early Childhood Educators 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.

Early Childhood Educator Duties & Tasks

  • Supervise children at all times
  • Design and implement programs to help in the children’s natural development
  • Set tasks that will aid in the children's learning
  • Encourage interaction with other children
  • Observe children to see what activities work well in their individual 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.