Nurse Educators and Researchers

ANZSCO ID 2542

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
6,000
Future Growth
16.5%
Weekly Earnings
$2,192
Full-Time Share
58%
Female Share
91%
Average age
46

Summary

Nurse Educators and Researchers provide clinical and theoretical education to and promote professional development of nurses and midwives, and conduct research into nursing practice.

Tasks

  • 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

Characteristics

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

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:

  • 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.

Projected Change
16.5%
(or 1,200 jobs)
From
7,100
in 2021
To
8,300
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 6,400
2012 4,500
2013 8,700
2014 6,700
2015 5,600
2016 8,900
2017 4,600
2018 6,600
2019 8,700
2020 8,200
2021 7,100
2026 8,300

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 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)

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.
Earnings Nurse Educators and Researchers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 2,192 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Health Care and Social Assistance
72.8%
2
Education and Training
10.9%
3
Public Administration and Safety
6.5%
4
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
4.3%
5
Other industries
5.4%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

33.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

25.9% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.1% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

5.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

8.6% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.1% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.5% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Nurse Educators and Researchers All Jobs Average
NSW 33.8 31.6
VIC 25.9 25.6
QLD 21.1 20.0
SA 5.8 7.0
WA 8.6 10.8
TAS 2.1 2.0
NT 1.5 1.0
ACT 1.2 1.9


  • 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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
46
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
91%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Nurse Educators and Researchers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.1 5.0
20-24 0.3 9.3
25-34 16.9 22.9
35-44 26.2 22.0
45-54 33.2 21.6
55-59 13.5 9.0
60-64 6.8 6.0
65 and Over 3.0 4.2
Median Age 46 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 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.

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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 Nurse Educators and Researchers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 47.9 10.1
Bachelor degree 41.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 9.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 0.9 21.1
Year 12 0.8 18.1
Year 11 0.0 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 Nurse Educators and Researchers who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 71%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 68%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 66%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 66%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 64%

    Active listening

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

  • 63%

    Active learning

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

  • 63%

    Critical thinking

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

  • 61%

    Learning strategies

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

  • 61%

    Monitoring

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

  • 61%

    Social perceptiveness

    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.

  • 52%

    Time management

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

  • 48%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 48%

    Systems analysis

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

  • 48%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 46%

    Science

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  • 46%

    Serving others

    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.


Knowledge

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.

  • 83%

    English language

    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.

  • 78%

    Psychology

    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.

  • 70%

    Biology

    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.

  • 63%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 58%

    Clerical

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

  • 57%

    Chemistry

    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.

  • 25%

    Foreign language

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

  • 23%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 73%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 73%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 70%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 70%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 70%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 63%

    Problem spotting

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

  • 61%

    Inductive reasoning

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

  • 59%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    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).

  • 54%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 54%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 50%

    Brainstorming

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

  • 50%

    Originality

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

  • 45%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 43%

    Memorization

    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.

  • 41%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 39%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.


Activities

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.

  • 72%

    Thinking creatively

    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

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.

  • 81%

    Analytical

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

  • 52%

    Creative

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

  • 33%

    Enterprising

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

  • 33%

    Practical

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

  • 29%

    Administrative

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


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.

  • 81%

    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.

  • 76%

    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%

    Achievement

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

  • 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.

  • 57%

    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%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 96%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 95%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 95%

    Unstructured work

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

  • 95%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 91%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 90%

    Telephone

    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.

  • 79%

    Public speaking

    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.

  • 68%

    Conflict situations

    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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