How to become a Youth Worker

Youth workers work with and support young people, either individually or in groups, by developing and facilitating programmes that address social, behavioural, welfare, developmental and protection needs.

Personal requirements of a Youth Worker

  • Able to take initiative
  • Leadership qualities
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to work independently
  • A non-judgmental attitude
  • Able to plan and organise

Education & Training for a Youth Worker

To become a youth worker you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a youth worker through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Alternatively, you can become a youth worker by completing a degree in social science, social work, social welfare, counselling, human services, youth work or a related field. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with English. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 2%

NSW 34.2%

NT 3.1%

QLD 17.4%

SA 8.7%

TAS 2.3%

VIC 19.1%

WA 13.2%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 33.2%

Female 66.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 5.8%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.3%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 24.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 21.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 22.1%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 8.5%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 32.7%

Above 35 years: 67.2%

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

Additional Information
You will need to undergo a Working with Children Check and be prepared to deal with vulnerable people.
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