High demand teaching areas


If you’re thinking about studying teaching or are a current preservice teacher, you might be wondering what job opportunities will be available at the end of your course.

While there are fewer permanent opportunities in South East Queensland schools (Brisbane Metropolitan, the Sunshine and Gold Coasts, and Toowoomba), there are many high priority locations and teaching areas throughout the state that always need passionate and enthusiastic educators.

Teach in a rural community

If you’d like a unique and life-changing way to start your teaching career, working in a regional, rural or remote community could be perfect for you. State schools in these locations are more likely to have jobs available and offer a range of lifestyle opportunities you may not get to experience in the city.

With over half of Queensland's state schools in rural and remote communities, widening your employment location preferences may increase your chances of gaining a teaching position. Most permanent teaching vacancies each year are in the Darling Downs South West, Central Queensland, North Queensland and Far North Queensland regions.

Teachers in our rural and remote communities have access to a range of additional incentives and benefits including:

  • financial incentives for individuals and families
  • relocation assistance
  • subsidised housing (in some locations)
  • more opportunities for career advancement
  • additional induction and professional learning opportunities.

Teach a high priority discipline

There are a range of teaching areas that are currently in demand, and will continue to be in the coming years. If you’re beginning your teaching career in our state schools, or you’re looking to shift gears from industry to teaching, you might consider these priority teaching areas as part of your qualification. We need teachers in primary and secondary school settings, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) teachers.


STEM teachers in Queensland state schools are a high priority, with teachers needed for subjects such as:

  • science (biology, chemistry, physics)
  • technology (industrial design and technology, including manual arts)
  • engineering (including robotics)
  • mathematics (general, specialist, and mathematical methods).

High priority areas in primary school settings include:

  • all year levels (rural and remote communities)
  • special education
  • language studies.

High priority subject areas in secondary school settings include:

  • special education
  • industrial design and technology
  • language studies
  • senior English.

Consider all employment options

As well as permanent full-time positions, there are employment options for teachers considering permanent part-time, temporary full and part-time and casual teaching. Being open to casual and temporary roles might expand your employment options once you’re ready to apply.

Explore our other types of employment.

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Last updated 25 March 2021