What are the main occupations in this sector?
Occupations in the area of teaching / education comprise of:
- Pre-School Teacher
- Montessori Teacher
- Special Needs Assistant
- Primary Teacher
- Post Primary Teacher
- School Principal
- Further Education and Training Lecturer
- Teaching Assistant
- Higher Education Lecturer
In addition, the Department itself is staffed by Civil Servants under the management of a Secretary General. These staff work in various units, such as:
- Primary and Post Primary Allocations
- Further and Higher Education
- Teacher Education
- Social Inclusion
- Special Education
- Information Technology
- Planning and Building Unit
- Department Inspectorate
- School Transport
Additional information on the structure of the Department can be found on the Department’s website www.education.ie
What are the typical earnings of these occupations?
The basic salary for a new teacher is in the range from €29,888 to €61,155 [@ 1/4/17] but there are also some additional allowances payable.
Employment in primary and post primary schools is mainly full time, but there are opportunities for part-time work particularly in second level schools. Primary schools close in July and August for holidays, and post primary schools are closed for most of June, and July and August.
At second level, teachers can avail of seasonal opportunities to work as examiners for the State Examinations Commission to assist in the management of the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
Information on pay scales can be obtained by accessing the relevant circulars at www.education.ie