How to become a Public Education Officer

Public education officers design and deliver specialised education programs to educate school or community groups on different issues or run education programs for institutions such as museums, zoos or art galleries.

Personal requirements of a Public Education Officer

  • Good communication skills
  • enthusiasm for and ability in their chosen subject area and teaching
  • good organisational skills
  • able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly and in an interesting manner
  • patient in dealing with people of differing abilities and from different cultures
  • interested in history and/or research
  • ability to work in a team to achieve the objectives of the organisation.

Duties & Tasks of a Public Education Officer

Public education officers may perform the following tasks:

  • design and prepare education programs to suit the needs of different groups
  • design and prepare education programs to raise community awareness on different issues or the services of different organisations
  • lead educational tours
  • research special interest topics in their field
  • present topics in classroom settings
  • develop educational resources such as study books, pamphlets, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs and website products
  • organise special guests, experts or other staff members to deliver education programs
  • promote the organisation or institution's education services to schools and community groups
  • provide support to teachers and other education professionals with the integration of special issues or topics into the school curriculum
  • talk to management, curators, scientists and other professionals to organise access to different areas of the institution or services
  • speak at teacher conferences and public events to educate participants about topics related to the work of museums, galleries, zoos or other institutions
  • run workshops at teacher conferences to promote the teaching and learning resources of the institution.

Working conditions for a Public Education Officer

Public education officers may be based at their area of employment such as a museum, zoo, gallery or national park or they may be required to visit schools and/or community groups.

Employment by state:

Education level:

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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