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Secondary School Teacher

What is it like to be a Secondary School Teacher?

Secondary school teachers work in public and private schools to educate secondary school students in one or more curriculum areas including English, Drama, Maths, Physical Education, Music, Science, History, Languages and Special Education, among many others. They prepare daily lessons, set and conduct testing, exams and assignments, provide student progress reports, among many other duties and tasks.

For more information about a career as a Secondary School Teacher, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Secondary school teachers have well-defined communication skills and dedication towards continual self-learning and improvement. As a secondary school teacher you will be enthusiastic towards teaching teenagers and have an understanding of the differing rights and needs of all students.

  • Enthusiasm for, and ability in, their chosen subject area and teaching
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly
  • Enjoy working with teenagers
  • Patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and cultures
  • Acceptance of the rights and needs of all individuals
  • Prepared to work outside of school hours.

To become a Secondary School Teacher

To be able to become a Secondary School Teacher, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


Professional Accreditation


Graduates from the USQ Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will have met the qualifications requirement for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers.

Please note: To be eligible for teacher registration in Queensland, applicants must have the 'ability to communicate in spoken and written English at a professional level with students, parents, teachers and other persons'.

All students, domestic and international, must complete the majority of supervised professional experience in Australian Primary and/or Secondary school settings.

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