Careers in primary education

As a primary school teacher you assist young people to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and values enabling them to make sense of, and contribute to, the world.

Public schools are the largest employer in each state but you can also find teaching opportunities within independent and religious-based organisations.


Teacher registration varies in each state. For more information about teacher registration for all Victorian schools visit the Victorian Institute of Teaching website.

Find out where a degree in primary education can take you.

Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in primary education:

  • Knowledge of a variety of teaching, learning and assessment strategies
  • Curriculum knowledge
  • High level organisational skills, particularly time management
  • High level communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexibility, adaptability and patience
  • Confidence and assertiveness
  • Capacity and willingness to engage in ongoing professional development

Related roles within schools include:

  • Art or music teacher
  • Librarian
  • School executive roles
  • Support for students with special learning needs
  • Language teacher
  • Health and physical education teacher

Some specialist roles may require further study or experience. Refer to the Victorian Institute of Teaching guidelines for teaching specialist subjects in Victorian government schools.

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Salary and job outlook

You can learn more about graduate salaries and graduates job outcomes for primary education at Graduate Careers Australia.

You can look at industry trends and employment prospects by visiting Australian Government Job Outlook.

Professional associations are an invaluable connection to industry information, networking and professional development opportunities. Most offer student membership discounts. Follow the link to search for professional associations related to your course.

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