Education Officer

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Education Officers conduct educational research and develop course curricula and associated teaching materials for use by educational institutions, as well as in organisations such as museums, libraries, zoos and art galleries. Educational resources are developed for a wide variety of age groups and community members and my involve composing programs for school students through to international visitors, depending on the institution at which you are employed. Due to the possibility of working closely with children, it is in all likelihood you will require a police check prior to employment.

Education Officers may specialise in a particular area, depending on their studies, which will in turn affect the type of organisation you seek work with. Employment can be found in the public and private sector as well as with not-for-profit organisations. Public sector institutions include museums, art galleries, libraries, Indigenous organisations, environmental agencies, public utilities, police and emergency services, whereas private sector organisations may include mining companies or factories. Not-for-profit organisations include charities, animal protection agencies, environmental and social awareness groups. Other specialisations include home-school liaison officers, school inspectors, and parliament educational officers, to mention a few.

It is essential for Educational Officers to have good communication and organisational skills, be able to communicate concepts and instructions clearly and in an interesting manner, have enthusiasm for and ability in their chosen subject area and teaching and patience in dealing with people of differing abilities and from different cultures. They need to be able to develop and evaluate educational strategies and resources, identify educational needs, organise and conduct workshops, classes and/or tours.