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Youth Worker

Youth Worker

Support young people by providing practical and emotional support through a range of issues.

What's it like to be a Youth Worker?

Youth Workers support young people facing welfare, behavioural, developmental, social and protection issues. They may offer practical and emotional support and work with individuals or groups.

Tasks and duties

  • Meeting with young people to identify and discuss their problems as well as providing support in group settings.
  • Arranging food, shelter and clothing for young people in need and providing crisis counselling to those experiencing trauma.
  • Referring clients to appropriate specialists and liaising with teachers, social workers, local authorities and parents.
Youth Workers may help young people with issues such as building self-esteem and confidence, family conflict, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, sex and relationships, education, and finding a job.
Youth Workers provide basic counselling and intervention and refer clients to other professional services when issues are complex or specific.

What can I earn as a Youth Worker?

The most common salary  for a Youth Worker is between $55k and $65k
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How to become a Youth Worker

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To become a Youth Worker, you will typically need a vocational qualification. You may also be able to find work if you have relevant experience.
  1. Complete a Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) which will provide you with the basics of working with adolescents and a foundational understanding of the industry.
  2. If you are already volunteering or working in the industry, then a Diploma of Youth Work (CHC50413) or Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) may help to broaden your employment outcomes. These qualifications will also give you some leadership skills.
  3. Before finding work as a Youth Worker, you will need a Working with Children Check. A First Aid Certificate would also be beneficial.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Working with children check
  • First aid certification
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Car licence
  • Emotional intelligence

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Adaptability
  • Collaborative skills
  • Ms office proficiency
  • Presentation skills
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How do Youth Workers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 61 Youth Workers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Very 4
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Youth
The good things
Youth work is amazing getting the chance to help youth and see the make the right choices in life is the best
The challenges
Nothing
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Community Services
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Youth Work
The good things
It is a rewarding job. No day is ever the same and the young people make every day interesting
The challenges
Behaviour can be one of the biggest challenges in the role, however, when you get to know the young people and follow the plans and processes put in place, it is manageable.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Natasha Eli, diploma in professional leadership diploma in Youth Work
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Youth work is opportunity to teach young people the skills in your life as tool kit for their journey and it doesnt matter where you backround field of emplyments was from. Therr is something to teach...
The challenges
Youth work can be both challenging an rewarding. It is profession which teaches you about yourself through reflective practices which allows personal growth for you an which you teach the young people...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Youth work
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
out of home care/emergency care
The good things
It is rewarding knowing you can make life just a little bit better for a young person.
The challenges
Dealing with challenging behaviours
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV Youth Work and Community Services
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Central Division
The good things
You get to know young people with special needs and to guide them to a successful life
The challenges
Unpredictable weather and transportation from to and fro
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in youth work
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Helping the young people identify their goals and assisting them to work towards them. There is nothing better to be a part and witnessing their life’s transform.
The challenges
Short term contracts can lead to minimal job security, however greater opportunities are just around the corner
3 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Public Health
Experience
Less than a year
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Training provided by the employer
The challenges
You may not find the training relevant as every case is different.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of youth work
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Helping youth aspire to change their life direction.
The challenges
Having the Youth relapse. For every step forward their is two steps backwards. It is very challenging to get them out of their comfort zone.
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Community Services
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
AOD detox and rehabilitation and OOHC
The good things
The reward from being a youth worker is providing support and motivation for change. Helping a young person recognize their abilities and develop self esteem. There is nothing greater than seeing a y...
The challenges
Be willing to face resistance. Change is not easy for anybody. If you are passionate about being a youth worker, this will show. Allowing you to build rapport with the youth you will work with. Never...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Policing
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
The role is challenging and varied. Often, it requires travelling to different locations working with different clients in a range of settings.
The challenges
You will be working with young people who have been seperated from their familes due to safety reasons. Whilst this can be confronting at first, building a rapport with a client can often be rewarding...
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What are the job opportunities for Youth Workers?

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Job opportunities

Youth Worker jobs on SEEK
Source: SEEK

Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
8%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Social Workers
Latest Youth Worker jobs on SEEK
Sugarman Australia
Brisbane
YOUTH RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKER-CASUAL Providing care for high complex or at-risk youth varying in age from 7-17yrs of age
Sugarman Australia
Brisbane
YOUTH RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKER-CASUAL Providing care for high complex or at-risk youth varying in age from 7-17yrs of age
Sugarman Australia
Toowoomba & Darling Downs
YOUTH RESIDENTIAL CARE WORKER-CASUAL Providing care for high complex or at-risk youth varying in age from 7-17yrs of age in a residential setting.
Samaritans Foundation
Gosford & Central Coast
Work with young people who live in our residences by providing day to day care as well as liaise with families to create strong connections
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