Nurse Educators and Researchers
Nurse Educators and Researchers provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.
researching, planning, developing and implementing nursing curricula
facilitating practical experience for general and specialist nurses
evaluating ongoing and changing educational needs and monitoring course outcomes
participating in developing and implementing policies affecting nursing, nurse education and health
undertaking and promoting nursing and interdisciplinary research projects, and disseminating research information
promoting utilisation of current research findings into clinical nursing practice and patient management
promoting the implementation of research and research findings into organisation-wide functions such as safety, quality and risk management
providing support and education for other nurses undertaking research
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:
- is expected to grow very strongly
- is likely to reach 8,300 by 2026.
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.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 59% of people employed as Nurse Educators and Researchers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 7 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
More than a third of workers regularly work overtime or extra hours (either paid or unpaid).
Median full-time earnings are $2,192 per week, this is much higher than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $2,016
- 1 in 4 earn more than $2,394
Median hourly earnings are $58, this is more than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Overtime hours: ABS, Characteristics of Employment, 2021. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Nurse Educators and Researchers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Most Nurse Educators and Researchers work in the Health care and social assistance industry. They are also employed in industries like:
- Education and training
- Public administration and safety
- Professional, scientific and technical services.
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2021.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Nurse Educators and Researchers||All Jobs Average|
Around 65% of Nurse Educators and Researchers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
The region with the largest share of workers is Adelaide - South.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Nurse Educators and Researchers is 46 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 91% of the workforce. This is 43 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)
|Age Bracket||Nurse Educators and Researchers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.0||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A bachelor degree in nursing or a relevant health field and extensive nursing experience is usually needed to work as a Nurse Educator or Researcher. Many workers have a postgraduate qualification.
- Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
- ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Nurse Educators and Researchers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||47.9||10.1|
|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 Nurse Educators and Researchers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Talking to others.
Teaching people how to do something.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
57%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
57%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
55%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Looking for ways to help people.
45%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
94%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
81%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
75%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
69%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
64%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
57%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
54%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
52%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
52%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
48%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
42%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Read and understand written information.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
55%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.
See details that are far away.
Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
43%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Do two or more things at the same time.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
87%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
86%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
85%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
82%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
82%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
80%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
78%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
76%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
75%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
71%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
68%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
68%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
67%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
65%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
61%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
57%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
46%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 are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
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.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
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.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
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.
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.
Use electronic mail.
Talk with people face-to-face.
95%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Work with people in a group or team.
91%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
90%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
88%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
88%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
83%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
83%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
80%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Talk to a group of people.
77%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
76%Letters and memos
Write letters and memos.
76%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
74%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
73%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
Deal with conflict or disagreements.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-1072.00 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary.
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