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EDUCATION LEVELS

Job InformationMany moons ago, the majority of Aussie high school students left school around (or even before) Year 10.

Now, most try to complete Year 12.

As we just saw on the previous page, it’s mainly due to the changing nature of the workplace with rapid advances in technology.

Workers today need to be more highly skilled than ever before.

Employers expect higher standards from job applicants… they can ask for (and often get) a “better educated” job applicant.

This is even more so, in times and/or areas/industries where there is high unemployment.

So…

Education LevelsWhat does this mean for You?

Well… it means you have to find out how far you need to go with your education, to get a start in a job in the field you want!

Find out WHAT the educational requirements are!

And find out WHERE you have to go to get them!

It IS important to note that there can be varying levels of education needed to start in different jobs. In some cases, you could begin your chosen career with a lower level of education (we’ll look at that shortly).

And remember… all this “learning” you are doing?

Well, it’s not just a once-off thing. It IS a life-long process!

You WILL continue to learn more… do extra courses… upgrade your qualifications… all throughout your working career.

Normally, “higher qualifications” mean higher pay and better promotion in most jobs πŸ™‚

Skill Levels

So, let’s have a look at the range of skill levels possible for starting in different occupations…

Skill Level 1

Most jobs in this group have a level of skill equal to compulsory secondary education or a certificate I. Some entry pathways through Australian Apprenticeships fall into this category.

For some jobs, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification. In some cases, no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

Skill Level 2

Most jobs in this group have a level of skill equal to a certificate II or III. Some Australian Apprenticeships fall into this category.

At least one year of relevant experience may be completed in place of those qualifications. In some cases, relevant experience may also be needed.

Skill Level 3

Most jobs in this group require a level of skill equal to a certificate III or IV. Some Australian Apprenticeships fall into this category.

At least 3 years of relevant experience may be completed in place of those qualifications. In some cases, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may also be needed.

Skill Level 4

Most jobs in this group require the completion of a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree. Study is often undertaken at a Registered Training Organisation, including TAFE institutes. Some Australian Apprenticeships fall into this category. Some universities also offer studies at this level.

At least 3 years of relevant experience may be completed in place of those qualifications. In some cases, relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be needed.

Skill Level 5

Most jobs in this group require the completion of a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Study is usually done at university.

At least 5 years of relevant experience may be completed in place of the formal qualification. In some cases, relevant experience is needed as well as the degree.

Note:
These levels should be used as a guide only. It may be possible to enter some jobs at different levels.

Look at this List of Jobs

What skill level might you need to start in it? (use the levels described above)

Be careful though! Some jobs DO have more than one answer LOL

  • Accountant
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Actor
  • Advertising Clerk
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Ambulance Officer
  • Army Officer
  • Author
  • Auto Electrician
  • Baby Clinic Sister
  • Bank Manager
  • Bank Teller
  • Barber
  • Basket Weaver
  • Boilermaker
  • Bookkeeper
  • Bricklayer
  • Bus Driver
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Car Park Attendant
  • Carpenter
  • Cashier
  • Chef
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chiropractor
  • Clerical Assistant
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Technician
  • Draftsperson
  • Dressmaker
  • Enrolled Nurse
  • Factory Worker
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fitter & Turner
  • Flight Attendant
  • Florist
  • Forester
  • Forklift Driver
  • Fruit Picker
  • Gardener
  • Glass Blower
  • Guitar Teacher
  • Hairdresser
  • Interior Designer
  • Jockey
  • Journalist
  • Kitchen Hand
  • Lab Technician
  • Labourer
  • Law Clerk
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Lifesaver
  • Locksmith
  • Make-up Artist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Model
  • Musician
  • Naval Architect
  • Newsreader
  • Nurse
  • Park Ranger
  • Pastrycook
  • Pharmacist
  • Pilot
  • Plumber
  • Police Officer
  • Pre-school Assistant
  • Pre-school Teacher
  • Printer
  • Professor
  • Public Service Clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Reporter
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Sales Assistant
  • School Counsellor
  • School Principal
  • Science Teacher
  • Shoe Repairer
  • Stable Hand
  • Stonemason
  • Storeperson
  • Surgeon
  • Surveyor
  • T.V. Camera Operator
  • T.V. Technician
  • Tailor
  • Taxi Driver
  • Travel Clerk
  • Typist
  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Weather Observer
  • Wig Maker

Other Levels Of Entry?

What do you do if you don’t get the qualifications or skills to get the job you’re after?

And yet, this is THE job you have a great interest in…

Can you think of other jobs in that field but at a lower level?


Job Lists By Entry Level

OK… NO more teasing!

We’ve got a whole swag of stuff for you to look at here!

This time, they are LISTS OF JOBS which relate to the Skill Levels shown above…
(When you get a chance, you can browse through COL’s Job Guide to see detailed descriptions on each of these… but not right now please)

This time around, they are grouped slightly differently (again LOL) just to make sure you are still awake!!! πŸ™‚

Read each group description.

If you like it… then, click the PDF icon next to it to view/download the list of jobs for that group.

Analytic or Scientific
PDFThese jobs involve working with ideas to investigate or seek solutions to scientific, technical, social or other issues. Activities include observing, researching, analysing and interpreting results. The ability to develop theories, apply logic and explore abstract ideas in a specialist area of knowledge is important.

Creative or Artistic
PDFThese jobs involve working with ideas to creatively express, present or perform them. An appreciation of design, style, form, beauty or related concepts used to develop or interpret an idea is important. Activities include writing, painting, singing, dancing, decorating, designing and performing.

Helping or advising
PDFThese jobs involve working with people to help, inform, teach or treat them. Activities include discussing personal issues, listening to people’s problems and providing advice, instruction, information or treatment to meet their needs.

Practical or Mechanical
PDFThese jobs involve working with things, using your hands or special tools and equipment to make, fix, install or adjust them. Activities include practical and physical tasks. These may require an understanding of how equipment or machinery works.

Nature or Recreation
PDFThese jobs involve working with things in the natural world, such as conservation, handling animals, raising crops or livestock, or sport. Activities include growing and caring for living things, or an involvement with sport, leisure or the environment.

Organising or Clerical
PDFThese jobs involve working with data to order, process or retrieve facts and figures, or to develop or administer policies and procedures. Activities include organising, using or updating information (such as files or accounts); developing or following procedures or systems; and the planning, budgeting and staffing of an organisation.

Persuading or Service
PDFThese jobs involve selling to, influencing, motivating and negotiating with people or serving them. Activities include selling, promoting or providing goods or services, bargaining or presenting a point of view.

Alternatively…

PDFYou can also download our BIG Alpha list of all the jobs by Skill Level.


Detour

ANOTHER DETOUR!!!

Check out the link to Jobs By Education Level in COL’s Job Guide. You’ll also see a whole HEAP of other / different entry requirements πŸ™‚

Just come back here and finish this! Especially the next page LOL


TickGo digging a little deeper!!! And hopefully, you’ll find lots of jobs with all sorts of different “pathways” to get started on πŸ™‚


What Questions

Should you be asking about jobs ?


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