Good opportunities for private teachers/tutors who teach academic subjects
The private teaching industry has grown, especially in the area of after-school tuition.
Vacancies arise fairly frequently for private teachers/tutors who teach academic subjects such as maths and English, because:
- more parents are paying for private teachers/tutors to help their children with these subjects
- private teachers/tutors often combine this work with university study, and move into other jobs once they get their degree.
If you have good subject knowledge and teaching or tutoring experience, and can communicate well with children, you have a good chance of getting a job.
Fewer opportunities for private teachers/tutors who teach the arts
Private teachers/tutors who teach the arts make up about three-quarters of the workforce. Although there are opportunities for teaching art, music, dance and drama, many people combine this work with another source of income.
Opportunities for qualified music teachers, especially those teaching piano, are better.
Private teachers/tutors who teach the arts can increase their chances of getting students by:
- specialising in a particular area of their subject
- marketing themselves well, which may include being involved in community events.
According to the Census, 5,169 private teachers/tutors worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Private teachers/tutors can be:
- employed by tutoring franchises or private tutoring businesses
- self-employed itinerant teachers, such as part-time music tutors who teach a particular instrument to small groups or individuals
- self-employed tutors working from home or private studios.