What Are The Highest Paying TAFE Qualifications?
Table of Contents
- 1 TAFE courses are a smart option for a few reasons.
- 2 TAFE vs University: Some Surprising Facts
- 3 Perception vs Reality
- 4 Income by Area of Study
- 5 Highest Paying TAFE Qualifications
- 6 Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical
- 7 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
- 8 Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
- 9 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
- 10 Diploma of Project Management
- 11 Certificate III in Correctional Practice
- 12 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- 13 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
- 14 Diploma of Nursing
TAFE courses are a smart option for a few reasons.
They can lead to surprisingly high paying jobs with less time and money spent.
If you choose the right TAFE course, you’ll also be on track to earning the big bucks with high potential salaries. Today, we’re going to find out which TAFE courses lead to the highest paying jobs.
Don’t believe TAFE leads to high paying jobs? Think again. You don’t need a university education to make bank. The numbers may surprise you – or even make you rethink the career advice you’ve heard before.
TAFE vs University: Some Surprising Facts
In a report released by the Skilling Australia Foundation, researchers found that TAFE graduates in full-time jobs earn an average salary of $2,000 more than university graduates in full-time jobs.
Australia’s VET sector, far from preparing students for low-skilled, low-paid or low-future work, produces highly skilled graduates with remuneration and employment outcomes comparable to – and sometimes surpassing – those of university graduates.Nicholas Wyman, CEO of Skilling Australia Foundation
Perception vs Reality
In Skilling Australia’s report, Wyman found that public perceptions of TAFE don’t line up with the facts. Australians estimated that TAFE graduates would earn less than University graduates, and that they would have lower job prospects.
But the opposite is true.
Not only do TAFE graduates earn more, the average rate of TAFE graduate employment is actually higher by around 9%.
It all goes to show that TAFE is far from being a second choice, despite what most people tend to think.
‘The report shows there is currently an array of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a university education,’ Wyman said.
Income by Area of Study
Highest Paying TAFE Qualifications
According to the NCVER, these are the qualifications that lead to the highest paying jobs – straight out of TAFE. Some require that you already have a relevant qualification, but there are others with no prerequisites which are suitable for beginners.
Certificate IV in Hazardous Areas – Electrical
If you’re already a licensed electrician, this qualification will expand your skills and equip you to work in hazardous areas. You’ll learn to install, maintenance test and inspect electrical equipment in explosive atmospheres. Once completed, you can monitor all the processes that happen in an electrical plant.
Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
Work Health and Safety Systems Officer
If you’re ready to take on more responsibility in the workplace, this course will qualify to you to step up and lead your colleagues. You’ll be qualified implement health and safety measures in any organisation, making sure it’s the healthiest and safest work environment it can be.
This course is designed for beginners, and has no prerequisites. However, if you already have a qualification, you’ll become a WHS officer in that field after completion.
Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology
Mobile Plant Technician
Automotive Retail, Service and Repair
If you have an affection for big engines and machines, look no further than this course. You’ll learn to service and repair heavy vehicle mobile equipment plants and earthmoving machinery. Many graduates go on to work in the mining industries, which also happen to be the highest earning industries in Australia.
Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
Construction, Plumbing and Services
In this course, you’ll learn the skills you need to become a builder or a manager in a small to medium-sized construction business. You’ll study what’s involved in construction projects from start to finish, and the specialised skills required to build a structure from the ground up. It’s a very hands-on qualification that will give you loads of practical skills, so that you can walk on to your first job site with confidence.
Diploma of Project Management
Project management pays a key role across many industries, with one aim in common: making sure things go to plan. Great project managers are organised, dynamic and have an ability to creatively troubleshoot any roadbumps (which will inevitably turn up). You’ll learn leadership and management techniques, from how to set project goals, to laying out a solid plan, through to execution and evaluation. The failure or success of the project is in your hands.
Certificate III in Correctional Practice
Custodial Security Officer
This course will qualify you to work as a security officer in custody centres and other custodial environments. You’ll learn how to evaluate and respond to the needs of prisoners, and to maintain security standards. If you’re a protector by nature this could be the pathway for you, with specialisations in Custodial, Community or Youth Custodial streams available.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Training and Education
In this course, you’ll become qualified to train and assess in TAFE environments or in workplaces. You will learn to design learning programs and assess your students effectively across areas like language, literacy and numeracy, compliance and quality assurance, and instructional design.
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
Tourism, Travel and Hospitality
This course will take you beyond the basics in cookery, acting as springboard into supervising or leading a team in the kitchen. It will take your cooking to the next level with practical classes, while giving you a grounding in management and industry knowledge. With the skills you gain, you could manage a kitchen or start your own business in the hospitality industry.
Diploma of Nursing
Learn to provide essential nursing care and support to people from all walks of life. In this course, you’ll get qualified to be an Enrolled Nurse, working under the supervision of a Registered Nurse. With a combination of classroom-based learning and hands-on experience, you’ll be equipped to provide the very best care in times of need.
Get your career on-track today with a TAFE course. It will set you up with a higher starting salary and the skills for long-term success.
Don’t put it off – make your next move today.
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