Youth Worker

Job Description

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.

Careers Ladder


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.

Complete a Certificate IV in Youth Work which will provide you with the basics of working with adolescents and a foundational understanding of the industry.

If you are already volunteering or working in the industry, then a Diploma of Youth Work or Diploma of Community Services may help to broaden your employment outcomes. These qualifications will also give you some leadership skills.

Before finding work as a Youth Worker, you will need a Working with Children Check. A First Aid Certificate would also be beneficial.


  • Autonomy
  • Calm
  • Compassionate
  • Communicator
  • Friendly
  • Interpersonal
  • Patient
  • Organised
  • Resilient
  • Reliability
  • Self-Motivator

Key Skills

  • Community Services
  • Home Care
  • Social Work
  • Behavioural Expertise
  • Leadership
  • Sense of humour

Future Prospects

You may like to think about moving on from this career, some transferable skills can be utilised in roles such as;