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Information for career advisors

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Choosing a career path can be an overwhelming experience, especially for secondary school students.

We’ve put together these resources to help parents, guardians, career advisors and schools to support students in exploring a career in teaching.

Download a printable flyer to guide discussions with your student or child.

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Frequently asked questions

Why study teaching?

Teachers inspire the next generation, ignite curiosity and make a lasting contribution to the future of Queensland.

There are also strong employment prospects for teachers now and in the future, as our population increases, and we introduce new curriculum areas into our schools.

Find out more about the important work that teachers do every day, plus the great benefits that come with becoming a teacher.

What makes a great teacher?

While subject knowledge and teaching skills are important, at the heart of being a good teacher is great people skills. When discussing this study path with young people, we encourage you to go through our list of attributes teachers need and discuss if there’s a good fit.

What types of teachers are there?

Students of all ages, abilities and communities need committed and inspiring teachers to help support and nurture their educational development. So, we need a range of teachers! These include:

  • early education, primary, high school, or subject matter specific (e.g. chemistry, technology, special education, etc.)
  • other education roles, like tutors and TAFE teachers.

There are also a range of non-teaching and professional roles within schools which help support teachers and students.

Find out more about the types of teachers and other related roles, and the different subject areas offered in schools. You might be surprised with the diversity of teacher roles and teaching subjects young people can pursue!

Where are teachers needed?

We need teachers everywhere there are students!

In Queensland, we have over 1,240 state school settings in diverse communities. This includes large schools in the Brisbane metropolitan area, schools in low socioeconomic communities, and rural and regional communities. From concrete jungle, to beach, to outback - there’s opportunity and adventure throughout the state.

You might be inspired to teach in some of our most remote and culturally diverse communities, such as the islands of the Torres Strait. Aspiring preservice teachers can be supported to work in Indigenous communities.

More than half of Queensland's state schools are in rural and remote communities, which is a great opportunity for teachers looking to have an adventure, meet new people, and go where there’s always strong demand for teachers.

There are also a range of unique educational settings to consider, from hospital schools, to environmental education centres, special schools and schools of distance education.

Australian teaching qualifications are highly regarded internationally, and in businesses and industries where the skills and knowledge gained through a teaching degree are needed. If your high school students are keen on travel, be sure to let them know about this benefit!

Find out more about where teachers can be employed.

How much do teachers get paid?

Teachers are paid according to their level of experience and the roles they have within their school community. As teachers move through their teaching career, salary is determined by years of service, qualifications and promotional levels.

Teachers in Queensland have one of the highest starting salaries in Australia. Currently, the salary for a beginning teacher in Queensland is approximately $70,081 per year. This is one of the highest starting salaries in Australia for teaching graduates with a four-year degree.

Some of our more experienced teachers are earning $98,000 a year.

Additionally, if teachers want to progress their career towards a school leadership role, such as Head of Department, Deputy Principal, or even Principal, they can currently earn up to $160,000 a year.

There are also a broad range of additional financial incentives and benefits, including flights, subsidised accommodation and professional development opportunities available to teachers depending on their personal circumstances and the community they are teaching in.

Find out more about how much teachers earn.

What leadership opportunities are there for teachers?

A degree in teaching doesn’t need to end in the classroom, it can be a springboard into a leadership role. Teachers can progress into many opportunities within schools or the education sector, or even follow a pathway into another related field using their specialist subject knowledge.

Find out more about career path opportunities for teachers.

What senior subjects are required to be a teacher?

A career in teaching starts with choosing the right senior subjects. There are also opportunities for students to fast-track a career in teaching by starting their studies while still at school.

There are specific prerequisite senior subjects needed to commence a teaching degree and these depend on the type of teacher your student wants to become, for example a primary or secondary teacher.

Find out more about which senior subjects are required to study teaching.

Study pathways to become a teacher

There are many different teaching degrees offered by Higher Education Institutions (e.g. universities) and students may need your guidance to pick the one that’s right for them. It’s also important that students have chosen the required senior subjects to be eligible for program entry.

Different teaching qualifications available include:

  • undergraduate teaching qualifications, such as a Bachelor of Education
  • dual or combined degrees, such as a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education
  • postgraduate teaching qualifications, such as a Master of Teaching, once they have completed an undergraduate degree in another field, such as a Bachelor of Arts.

To find out about the full range of teaching qualifications offered by Queensland Higher Education Institutions, visit the Queensland College of Teachers website.

Some institutions also offer programs that enable secondary students to fast-track a career in teaching by starting first year university studies in conjunction with their senior schooling. This can be an exciting incentive to share with your students.

Find out more about what qualifications are needed to teach and the study pathways for school-leavers.

Need more information?

Parents and carers can contact their child’s school for more information about teaching careers and study options. You can direct them to the range of resources we have available on this website.

You might like to connect with us at one of our career events throughout the year.

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Last updated 15 July 2019