How to become an Education Manager

Education managers may be responsible for a number of activities in the educational sector, ranging from the development of policy to the development and review of course curricula and teaching materials. They may have an advisory role, preparing reports, information papers and submissions, or they may advise senior management or interdepartmental committees on education strategies and initiatives. They may also be involved in the management of educational systems at regional, district or state levels, and may have to manage financial and physical resources, or recruit educational officers.

Personal requirements of a Education Manager

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • good leadership and organisational skills
  • an interest in education
  • effective people management skills
  • able to work under pressure and remain calm in stressful situations.

Duties & Tasks of a Education Manager

Education managers may perform the following tasks:

  • provide educational leadership to teachers, principals and administrative officials of education institutions in the development and coordination of educational programs.
  • oversee educational research aimed at providing new directions for the educational system
  • represent the organisation on committees to identify present and future needs within the educational system, and plan, develop and modify facilities and programs
  • manage the evaluation of new approaches and development of new courses
  • organise and conduct workshops and conferences to train teachers in new programs and methods
  • apply for and manage funding for new educational programs
  • manage processes relating to school reviews, teacher assessment and education planning in primary and secondary schools
  • prepare or oversee the preparation of reports and information papers
  • manage the provision of education in rural or remote areas, or within specific institutions.

Working conditions for a Education Manager

The working conditions of education managers may vary depending on the nature of their position. Educational managers who coordinate the delivery of education in regional or remote areas may have to travel, as may those who work at the federal level. Education managers who work within state departments or educational institutions may not need to travel, as their focus may be on the management of education for a specific institution or district.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT 3.2%

NSW 29.2%

QLD 18.6%

VIC 27.3%

WA 10%

NT 4.3%

SA 10%

TAS 2.1%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 42%

Female 58%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 3.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 3.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 9.3%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 36.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 44.3%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.1%

20-24 - 6.1%

25-34 - 26.8%

35-44 - 22.6%

45-54 - 19.5%

55-59 - 8.2%

60-64 - 7.1%

65 and Over - 9.5%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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