16,000 teachers are waiting for work with the Queensland Education Department.
2850 of these teachers graduated at the end of 2010.
193 of the 2010 graduates have been offered full-time employment.
283 of the 2010 graduates have been offered temporary contracts, some as short as three months.
806 teachers who graduated pre-2010 were also offered work of some sort.
Queensland Teachers' Union president Steve Ryan said universities were using their education courses as "a way to boost numbers and get funding".
"If I were to give advice to anyone interested in being a teacher I would recommend the early childhood sector, LOTE (Languages Other Than English) or science," Queensland College of Teachers director John Ryan said.
Robina Cosser says : If I were to give advice to anyone interested in early childhood, it would be that the physical demands of the job may force you to retire early.
And if I were to give advice to anybody who was interested in LOTE, I would say that you will need to be double-qualified, once in your LOTE and again as a teacher.
And that you will need to keep hundreds of children, parents and teachers 100% happy because it will only take one complaint, however ridiculous, to destroy your health and your career.
And not many Queensland principals, teachers or parents have learned a LOTE, so you will have very little support.
"I don't give a sh*t about LOTE.
I don't give a sh*t whether he passes LOTE or not," as one mother advised me.
And to anybody thinking about becoming a science teacher, I would say that male science, maths and computing teachers often email me or ring me, describing their struggles to maintain their sanity in an environment that is not supportive of their logical thinking style.
These science, maths and computing teachers expect policies to be followed.
They make logical suggestions.
And so they are driven out of work.
And they suffer.
They write me long, intelligent emails, struggling to understand what has happened to them.
Ask yourself why there is such a shortage of LOTE and science teachers.
Too many teachers chasing too few jobs in Queensland, Carly Hennessy, The Courier-Mail, 9 January 2011