Why choose a career in education or teaching?

Career opportunities and outlooks in the highly rewarding education teaching sector.

A sector with social impact

People are the heartbeat of our planet. And people need compassionate, resilient and dedicated people to learn, grow, develop and thrive – whether that’s through learning their ABCs or recovering from social challenges.

A career in teaching will give you a life of fulfilment where no day is the same and you can make an active difference in leading young minds to positive places.

By choosing to study with the university ranked first in New Zealand for Education as a subject, and the only NZ university in the top 50 universities worldwide for Education,* you will study with best and brightest in order to achieve the biggest impact.

Studying with the Faculty of Education and Social Work exposes you to national and global social issues facing communities, and challenge you to address these by exploring solutions for change.

Lecturers in the faculty are conducting amazing research that looks at crucial areas including sex education in schools, refugee settlement and inclusion, family violence, and health and physical education. This creates a stimulating environment that puts courage, passion and innovation at the forefront of learning.

*Source: 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Sector outlook

Teaching is one of the biggest employers in New Zealand. According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the teacher workforce is expected to continue growing until 2025.

Graduate employability is very high in the teaching sector. The vast majority of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in teaching are in employment two years after graduation.

Teaching graduates are also able to pursue careers outside of schools, including:

  • Education policy research
  • Disability and special needs care
  • Private sector training and education
  • Teaching in tertiary institutions

Teacher shortage

Currently, there is a teaching shortage in New Zealand. While this shortage is currently across the board, the sector is always looking for teachers in the STEM subjects, these being, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Along with the subjects, those who are able to teach in Māori medium or te reo Māori as a subject are constantly in high demand.


Teachers have great earning potential. While teachers enter with a base salary, by taking on extra responsibilities in their schools and entering into leadership positions, salaries can grow very quickly.

Becoming a registered teacher

Graduates who complete a teaching qualification are eligible to apply for registration and teacher certification in their chosen field. This lets you teach in primary schools, secondary schools, or early childhood centres such as kindergartens and daycares.

Become a leader in the education sector

Our educational leadership programmes will prepare you for leadership roles, such as in a school or centre, as well as for specialist education roles including senior management, mentoring and educational policy development.

More information about teacher registration can be found at the Education Council’s certification process website.

Occupation outlook

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment released an Occupation Outlook in 2016. It provides information about the likely incomes, tuition fees and job prospects for different occupations, including teaching.

Read the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment’s Occupation Outlook for teachers.

Career opportunities