How to become a Career Development Practitioner

Career development practitioners help people of all ages to manage learning and work throughout their life. They provide information, advice and assistance relating to a wide range of matters, such as career planning and management, personal development and looking for work.

Personal requirements of a Career Development Practitioner

  • Able to motivate and inspire people
  • Able to relate to a wide range of client groups
  • Good communication skills
  • Aptitude for counselling

Education & Training for a Career Development Practitioner

To become a career development practitioner you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. Entry to this occupation may be improved if you have a degree in an area such as education, human resource management or psychology, followed by a postgraduate qualification in career development. To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

To work in schools, you must obtain a Working with Children Check. A National Police Check may also be required.

Duties & Tasks of a Career Development Practitioner

Career development practitioners:

  • use various assessment tools to help people identify their interests, skills, aptitudes and abilities, as well as work and lifestyle preferences, and relate them to the world of work
  • counsel individuals on education and career options
  • develop and deliver career education and work training programs
  • help students find work experience placements
  • help clients with jobseeking strategies, writing résumés and applications, and developing interview skills and career portfolios
  • assist clients to market their capabilities to potential employers
  • assist clients to balance work with family needs
  • help clients to navigate career transitions
  • provide an information and referral service on education, training and employment opportunities
  • consult with teachers, community groups, government agencies, businesses and medical practitioners
  • prepare reports and maintain client records
  • undertake research in areas relevant to their professional roles.

Working conditions for a Career Development Practitioner

Career development practitioners may deliver a service to clients in conjunction with other professionals working in allied fields. They may consult with other agencies, accepting and passing on referrals where necessary.

Employment Opportunities for a Career Development Practitioner

Career development practitioners may work with students in schools and other educational institutions, with staff in industry or with the general public in private practice. Career development practitioners are employed by state and territory education authorities, independent schools and colleges, and other educational or training organisations. There are limited openings and competition for available places is strong.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

Very strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.6%

NSW NSW 34.3%

NT NT 1.8%

QLD QLD 21.9%

SA SA 6%

TAS TAS 1.6%

VIC VIC 22.5%

WA WA 9.4%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 22.9%

Female 77.1%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 3.7%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 6.4%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 8%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 46.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 35.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0%

20-24 - 2.3%

25-34 - 16.2%

35-44 - 21.7%

45-54 - 28.6%

55-59 - 9.5%

60-64 - 10.1%

65 and Over - 11.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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