Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

ANZSCO ID 2493

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
2,100
Future Growth
0%
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
37%
Female Share
76%
Average age
49

Summary

Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages teach classes in English to students whose first language is a language other than English.

Also known as: English as a Second Language Teacher.

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in education majoring in English as a second language is needed to work as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Tasks

  • assessing the extent of language difficulties in students for whom English is a second language

  • teaching students individually and in small groups out of the regular classroom, and assisting students within normal classroom settings

  • teaching students English language skills using a variety of methods including lecture and visual demonstration

  • providing assistance to other classroom teachers by designing special teaching programs for students with English language difficulties

  • designing and producing teaching materials and adapting existing materials

  • preparing course outlines and goals

  • assigning lessons, correcting homework, and preparing and grading exams

  • analysing, recording and reporting progress to regular classroom teachers, parents and students

Characteristics

Job Type
Professionals
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Above average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • University
Interests
  • Creative
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary

Outlook

Employment Outlook

JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers in this occupation is likely to remain stable.

Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
0%
(or 0 jobs)
From
2,100
in 2021
To
2,100
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 6,000
2012 7,300
2013 4,800
2014 3,600
2015 5,100
2016 4,000
2017 5,700
2018 4,900
2019 7,300
2020 2,800
2021 2,100
2026 2,100

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 37% of people employed as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 29 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Education and Training
89.7%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
2.6%
3
Health Care and Social Assistance
2.6%
4
Arts and Recreation Services
2.6%
5
Other industries
2.6%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

33.3% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

28.6% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

18.9% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.3% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

8.2% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.7% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.9% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages All Jobs Average
NSW 33.3 31.6
VIC 28.6 25.6
QLD 18.9 20.0
SA 7.3 7.0
WA 8.2 10.8
TAS 1.1 2.0
NT 0.7 1.0
ACT 1.9 1.9



Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
49
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
76%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is 49 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 76% of the workforce. This is 28 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages All Jobs Average
15-19 0.1 5.0
20-24 1.9 9.3
25-34 16.1 22.9
35-44 21.4 22.0
45-54 24.3 21.6
55-59 14.3 9.0
60-64 12.8 6.0
65 and Over 9.1 4.2
Median Age 49 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in education majoring in English as a second language is needed to work as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 54.6 10.1
Bachelor degree 39.1 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 3.6 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.8 21.1
Year 12 1.8 18.1
Year 11 0.1 4.8
Year 10 and below 0.1 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages who can communicate clearly with people from diverse backgrounds, are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 59%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 55%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 55%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 54%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 52%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 50%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 50%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 50%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 50%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 50%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 48%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 46%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 46%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 45%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 43%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 43%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  • 41%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 39%

    Mathematics

    Using maths to solve problems.

  • 39%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 85%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 82%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 57%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 53%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 52%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 52%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 51%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 49%

    Sociology and anthropology

    Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

  • 47%

    Geography

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  • 46%

    History and archeology

    Events of the past, their causes, how we learn about them, and how they influence the way we live today.

  • 40%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 39%

    Therapy and counselling

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  • 37%

    Foreign language

    Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

  • 34%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 31%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 28%

    Philosophy and theology

    Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.

  • 27%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 24%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 23%

    Fine arts

    Compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

  • 19%

    Biology

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 61%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 59%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 59%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 57%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 52%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 52%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 50%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 48%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 48%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 48%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 46%

    Originality

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  • 45%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 43%

    Memorization

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  • 43%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 41%

    Mathematics

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  • 39%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 39%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 71%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 70%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 69%

    Coaching and developing others

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  • 69%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 64%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 61%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 59%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 58%

    Explaining things to people

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  • 57%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 56%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 56%

    Scheduling work and activities

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  • 54%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 54%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 52%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 51%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 51%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 51%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 48%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 46%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 35%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 67%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 57%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 38%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 33%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 29%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 86%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 71%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 67%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 67%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 52%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 92%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 92%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 89%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 88%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 88%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 87%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 86%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 85%

    Public speaking

    Talk to a group of people.

  • 82%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 81%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 81%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 78%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 76%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 72%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 72%

    Conflict situations

    Deal with conflict or disagreements.

  • 72%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 72%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 69%

    Repeating same tasks

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  • 63%

    Angry or unpleasant people

    Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.

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