What qualifications will you need for your career?

Qualifications for my career

Each job is different; some need lots of qualifications and years of training, and others just ask you to turn up on time.

You need to know which qualifications you will need for any jobs you’re interested in – otherwise you won’t be able to get the training you need and apply. To make it easy for you to wrap your head around the different pathways, we’ve put together a quick guide to jobs, classified by their training and qualification requirements.


Jump right in – jobs that don’t require any training


There are lots of jobs you can do straight out of school without any qualifications whatsoever; you can walk in and start on day one with no experience or skills, and your employer will help you learn how to do your job.

These jobs are unlikely to require qualifications:

  1. Hospitality staff
  2. Retail workers
  3. Delivery drivers
  4. Gardener
  5. Cleaners
  6. Receptionist
  7. Packers
  8. Dog Handler
  9. Makeup artist
  10. Artist


Spend up to a year studying (and usually work at the same time)


For some jobs, you’ll need to complete a really short course and apply for registration before you can start work. I’m talking about really short courses here, for example, to become a bar assistant you need to complete your Responsible Service of Alcohol which takes a couple of days, and to become a Real Estate Agent you only need to complete around 8 weeks of training.

The next tier of jobs usually require a low level of qualification, such as a Cert II or III which will take between 6 months and a year to complete. You’ll learn the basic skills you need to do your job, and you usually be able to gain hands-on experience while you’re training which will increase your employability.

If you still have time at school, you could get a qualification during year 11 and 12, or you could start a traineeship which will allow you to combine work with study and will give you a clear path to a job once you have your qualification.

These jobs will require a low level of qualification:

  1. Teacher Aide
  2. Aged Carer
  3. Bar Attendant
  4. Security Guard
  5. Beauty Therapist
  6. Fitness Instructor
  7. Financial Assistant
  8. Lifeguard
  9. Early Childhood
  10. Photographer


Study for around 3 or 4 years


For many career pathways, entry-level candidates will need a qualification that takes around 3 or 4 years to complete. These jobs are usually highly skilled, and you’ll use your training throughout your career. You can also expect to continue learning – most roles will require you to keep your knowledge current and upskill to progress.

Some of these mid-level training pathways will combine work and hands-on training with study; for example, most apprenticeships take around four years to complete and you’ll work with an employer throughout your training. Often, university courses will incorporate practical components and internships, which give you exposure to multiple employers throughout your degree.

These jobs require mid-level qualifications:

  1. Hotel Manager
  2. Teacher
  3. Graphic Designer
  4. Electrician
  5. Paramedic
  6. Engineer
  7. Data Analyst
  8. Pilot
  9. Mediator
  10. Hairdresser


Long-term Study Pathways


Some highly specific jobs require you to study for many years before you can become fully qualified. You’ll be working as well along the way, and most of these pathways start off with a period of theoretical study followed by a blend of theory and on-the-job training.

You’ll need a high level of commitment to follow one of these pathways, which requires dedication, skill, and support from others to help you reach your goal.

These jobs include:

  1. Architect
  2. Psychologist
  3. Doctor
  4. Barrister
  5. Music Therapist
  6. Researcher
  7. Astronaut

Want to find more jobs filtered by skill level? Labour Market Insights have a handy tool that can do just that.


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