The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has released the Australian Jobs 2011 report, outling an expected growth of 10.9%, or 95,700 jobs, across the education industry over the coming five years.


The DEEWR report found that education is the fifth largest employment sector, with over 877,600 employed in the industry throughout the country after experiencing a 16% growth (or 120,000 jobs) over the last five year period.


The report found that ‘This is a highly skilled industry, with 84% of workers holding a post-school qualification. More than three in every five workers (63%) hold a Bachelor degree or higher qualification, almost two and a half times higher than the national average (26%).’


In regional Australia, the Education and Training industry employs around 319 000 workers, which is 37% of employment in the industry.


Reflecting the core need for education and training services in every region, the employment share does not vary considerably across regions, ranging from a low of 4% in the Hunter region (excluding Newcastle) to a high of around 10% in areas such as Wollongong.


The full report is available here.