How to become an Education Officer

Education officers undertake educational research and develop course materials and curricula.

Personal requirements of a Education Officer

  • Good research skills
  • good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • organisational and time management skills
  • able to work under pressure and remain calm in stressful situations.

Duties & Tasks of a Education Officer

An education officer may perform the following tasks:

  • coordinate educational programs and provide advice to teachers, principals and education administrative staff
  • conduct research on the education systems of other states and other countries, identifying new developments and assessing their relevance locally
  • identify future educational needs, and plan, develop and modify programs to meet those needs
  • document subjects and courses developed, and evaluate new courses
  • sit on committees and organise and conduct workshops and conferences to raise awareness of educational issues, and develop new policies and approaches to learning
  • develop training programs for teachers in new programs and methods
  • undertake school reviews, teacher assessment and education planning in primary and secondary schools
  • prepare reports and information papers
  • assess the suitability of teachers for promotion or further training
  • provide support and advice to parents providing home schooling in remote areas.

Working conditions for a Education Officer

Education officers work indoors in offices and classrooms. They usually work regular hours, but may be required for evenings and on weekends.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,122

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT 2.7%

NSW 38.9%

QLD 15.5%

SA 5.1%

TAS 1.1%

VIC 27.8%

WA 8.1%

NT 0.9%

Hours worked:

44

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 33%

Female 67%

Education level:

Highest qualification is secondary school: 29.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 3.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 8.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 31.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 22.7%

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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