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Vocational Education Teacher

A Vocational Education Teacher helps to prepare students for a particular trade. They may teach one or more students within a prescribed course of study at technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, polytechnics and other training institutes to tertiary students for vocational education and training purposes. 


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Employment Levels

Around 30,100 people are currently employed as Vocational Education Teachers in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 31,100 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

36.5% of all Vocational Education Teachers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Vocational Education Teachers is NT, with only 1.2%.

Gender Split

This is an evenly split industry with 48% of Vocational Education Teachers being male and 52.1% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Vocational Education Teachers is 45-54 years old, with 30.5%. A small percentage (5.5%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Vocational Education Teachers, with 12.4% aged 60-64.

Hours Worked

Vocational Education Teachers work an average of 40 hours a week which is 0.9 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Vocational Education Teachers have a Post Graduate/ Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate qualification (27.8%) or are at a Advanced Diploma/Diploma level (27.5%). 99.9% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0.1% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Vocational Education Teacher Duties & Tasks

  • Plan activities to be carried out during class/workshop
  • Mark student work and score tests
  • Work closely with students to set goals and create a plan to help goals be achieved
  • Administrative 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.