Technological and applied studies (TAS) is one of the fastest-growing and most innovative subject areas. TAS teachers in NSW public schools teach a diverse range of subjects, including:
- agriculture/agricultural technology
- design and technology
- engineering studies
- food technology
- graphics technology
- industrial technology
- information and software technology
- information processes and technology
- software design and development
- technology (mandatory)
- textiles and design/textiles technology.
Students in NSW public schools complete a mandatory technology course in Years 7 and 8.
Demand for TAS teachers
TAS teachers who are approved to teach design and technology in combination with engineering studies or industrial technology (timber, metal or graphics) are in high-demand in NSW public schools, as identified in the Department of Education's 2015 Teaching Workforce Supply and Demand (PDF 729 KB). Employment prospects are higher for TAS teachers who have approval to teach more than one TAS subject.
Demand is also particularly high in high-demand locations, including western Sydney, south-west Sydney and rural and remote NSW.
Attributes of great TAS teachers
TAS teachers thrive on both the creative and practical challenges associated with teaching cutting edge subjects such as engineering, food technology, information and software technology, software design and development and textiles and design (to name a few). As many of the TAS subjects are constantly changing, great TAS teachers are always looking for opportunities to increase their bank of resources that will deeply engage and challenge students.
How to decide if you should be a TAS teacher
If you're interested in staying up-to-date with the latest innovations, new and diverse technological applications and the impact of technology on society and the environment, consider a career as a TAS teacher. If you are particularly enthusiastic about guiding students as they learn to apply technological skills and knowledge to real life situations, you could become a great TAS teacher.
How to become a TAS teacher
Whether you're a student or a career changer you will need to complete a number of steps to become a teacher in a NSW public school.
Get paid to become a TAS teacher
Scholarships, cadetships and internships are available to HSC students, university students and career changers considering becoming a TAS teacher with approval to teach design and technology in combination with engineering studies or industrial technology (timber, metal or graphics). Find out how you can get paid to study to become a TAS teacher in NSW public schools!
A sponsored training program is also available to current teachers who would like to become a TAS teacher.