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Education and Training

Education and Training is one of the Central Queensland’s trending industries and now is the time to gain or upgrade your skills or start you job search here.

In Central Queensland, this industry exhibits consistent, strong growth. In Central Queensland, the industry employed 8,759 people or 9.0% of local jobs at the time of the 2016 Census. Over the 10 years between the 2006 Census and 2016, the number of people employed increased by 17.4% or almost twice the rate of across all industries (8.8%).

Rockhampton Regional Council saw a 4.3% increase in the number of persons working in education and training between 2017/18 and 2018/19. Gladstone Regional Council had an 1.4% increase in the number of persons working in the industry during the same period. (Economy ID)

The largest sub-sectors in Central Queensland for employment are School Education (6,440 persons) followed by Tertiary Education (1,318 persons) and Adult, Community and Other Education (464 persons). There are 2,932 persons employed in primary education and 2,299 persons employed in secondary education while 950 persons work in combined primary and secondary education (ABS, 2016 Census).

Across the region, jobs in schools range from one-teacher primary schools to campuses with more than 1000 students. Whether you are seeking to work in the public or private sector, the region has a variety of job positions available across a wide range of facilities. In 2020, there are 143 early childhood education and care services across the Central Queensland region:

  • 4 family day care services
  • 44 kindergartens
  • 61 long day care facilities
  • 27 school aged care and
  • 4 limited hours care.

There are also 141 schools in the Central Queensland:

  • Banana Shire Council – 16
  • Central Highlands Regional Council – 28
  • Gladstone Regional Council – 33
  • Livingstone Shire Council – 17
  • Rockhampton Regional Council – 45
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council - 2

Rockhampton, the major centre in Central Queensland, offers extensive educational facilities and opportunities with Queensland’s only dual sector institution, CQUniversity, and the region’s boarding schools, which hold nationally recognised academic, cultural and sporting records.

Most jobs need a university degree, but there are lower-skilled jobs like Teacher's Aide that can provide a pathway to education careers. Studying locally at CQUniversity means excellent outcomes for employment with a 79.5% full-time domestic graduate employment rate within the first four months of graduation compared to the sector average 72.3% (The 2019 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Nationally, trends for the Education and Training industry are as follows:

Very strong growth in:

  • Child Care Centre Managers - average weekly income $1,272 before tax
  • Child Carers - average weekly income $953 before tax
  • Counsellors - average weekly income $1,584 before tax
  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers - average weekly income $1,488 before tax
  • Education Aides - average weekly income $1,094 before tax
  • ICT Support Technicians - average weekly income $1,498 before tax
  • Psychologists and Psychotherapists - average weekly income $1,857 before tax

Strong growth in:

  • Primary School Teachers - average weekly income $1,801 before tax
  • Science Technicians - average weekly income $1,500 before tax
  • University Lecturers and Tutors - average weekly income $2,511 before tax