Resources for career advisors

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 (PDF, 262KB)​.

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  1. Travel opportunities
  2. Life long learning
  3. Ignite curiosity
  4. Creativity and innovation
  5. Make a difference
  6. Shape the future​


Frequently asked questions

Why study teaching?​

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

Even though you've had experiences with teachers through your own schooling journey, how much do you really know about teaching as a career?

With a growing range of specialist teaching areas, and opportunities to travel and teach in a diverse range of communities across Queensland, Australia and the world, a teaching degree could take you anywhere.

Find out more about the important work that teachers do every day​.

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.​

What personal qualities do teachers need?


While subject knowledge and teaching skills are important, at the heart of being a good teacher is great people skills.

Find out more about what skills teachers need​​.

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.

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​.

What specialist subjects are being taught?

Teachers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience beyond the core subjects of mathematics, english and science.

The curriculum taught in schools is constantly changing and evolving to meet the need of our contemporary communities and industries.

Teachers play an important role in ensuring students have the skills they need to be productive members of our society. This includes teaching real world skills in a range of current and emerging fields including robotics, coding, tourism and hospitality, engineering, aviation, horticulture, music, languages, nutrition and more.

Find out about the subjects areas offered in schools​.​

Where are teachers needed?​

Teachers are needed everywhere there are students!

Geographic locations across Australia range from the coast to the outback and everywhere in between.

In Queensland, we have over 1,300 state and non-state schools in a diverse range of communities. This includes large schools in the Brisbane metropolitan area, schools in low socioeconomic communities, and rural and regional communities across Queensland. There are even schools in some of our most remote and geographically and culturally diverse communities, such as the islands of the Torres Strait.

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. All of which help to cater to the learning needs of the diverse range of students in our communities.

Australian teaching qualifications are also highly regarded internationally, and in businesses and industries where the skills and knowledge gained through a teaching degree are highly valued.

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 you move through your teaching career, salary is determined by years of service, qualifications and promotional levels.

Currently the salary for a beginning teacher salary in Queensland is approximately $70,000 per year. Some of our most experienced teachers currently earn $98,000 a year.

Additionally if you want to step into a school leadership role, such as Head of Department, Deputy Principal, or even Principal you 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. 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 to fast-track a career in teaching by starting studies while still at school.

There are specific prerequisites senior subjects required to be able to commence a teaching degree and these depend on the type of teacher you want 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 and it can often be difficult to pick the one that’s right for you. The different teaching qualifications you can complete 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 you have completed an undergraduate degree in another filed, such as a ​Bachelor of Arts.

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

Choosing the right senior subjects​ is essential to ensure your eligibility for a teaching degree.

Some Higher Education 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.

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

Enquiries and further information

Parents and carers can contact their child’s school for more information about teaching careers and study options. ​

Last updated 27 August 2018

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