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Teaching as a career

Thinking about teaching as a career?

Teaching is an important and well regarded profession within our community and people from all walks of life find it a professionally and personally rewarding career choice.

It is a unique profession because everyone has been in a school setting and seen teachers in action, even if just as a school student. But do you really know what teachers do, where teachers work and what kinds of teachers there are?

Teacher responsibilities

The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers comprise seven Standards which outline what teachers should know and be able to do.

While the principal provides educational leadership for the school and sets the general direction and ethos for all staff, students and community members, teachers play a key role in delivery of quality education to students including:

Each day, teachers:

Graduate Expectations

Graduate Expectations Adobe PDF document1.1M acknowledge the skills, knowledge and attributes critical for a high-performing graduate. The Expectations highlight those aspects to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, for which strong evidence is sought by Queensland schooling sectors.

Graduate teachers who demonstrate these expectations will be well positioned to gain employment as a teacher in a Queensland school.

Where teachers work

Queensland state school teachers work in many different types of schools and educational settings to support learners with a diverse range of ages, cultures, learning needs and interests.

The settings that most people are familiar with include:

There are also a range of school sites in Queensland that offer specialist and innovative education programs where teacher can be employed. These include:

Types of teachers

There are many different types of teachers. If you have an interest in a specific subject area, or enjoy working with a particular age group, you may be suited to a specialist area of teaching.

If you like

You could become a

spending time with young children

Early childhood teacher or primary teacher

working with adolescents

Junior Secondary teacher

mathematics, reasoning or problem solving

Secondary mathematics teacher

physics, chemistry, biology, or marine science

Secondary science teacher

woodwork, metalwork or graphic design

Secondary industrial technology and design teacher

helping people who have special needs

Special education or learning Support teacher

dance, drama, music or visual arts

Secondary teacher of creative arts subjects

literature, language, communications, media or writing

Secondary english teacher or english as a second language teacher


Languages Other Than English (LOTE) teacher in primary or secondary schools

sport, physical activity and promoting a healthy lifestyle

Health and Physical Education teacher in primary or secondary schools

For a list of current areas of high priority employment areas, visit our current vacancies page.

Qualities of a good teacher

Teaching is a career that provides challenges, excitement, personal reward and a chance to encourage and support others to achieve their goals.

There are many personal qualities and skills that make someone a good teacher.

These include:

Good teachers know that by listening to and working with colleagues, parents, other professionals and community members that they can inspire students and improve their learning.

If you're interested in hearing about existing teacher experiences, visit our teacher stories.

If you think teaching may be the career for you, learn about teaching in Queensland state schools.

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This page was last reviewed on 21 May 2015 at 04:16PM

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