Education-secondary teaching

Careers in secondary teaching

As a secondary teacher you mentor, guide and educate young adults in secondary schools (years 7-12). You need to combine your teaching studies with a specialisation in science education or arts education.

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

Some specialist roles in secondary schools may require further study or experience. For a listing of what each specialist area requires in order for you to teach it, refer to the Victorian Institute of Teaching guidelines for teaching specialist subjects in Victorian government schools.

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Skills and attributes

You will need to demonstrate the following skills and attributes to gain employment in secondary teaching:

  • 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 include:

  • Principal
  • School administration officer
  • Education officer in industry
  • Library teacher
  • Educational consultant
  • Tutor
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Salary and job outlook

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

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.

Book an appointment with Jobshop for more information.

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