Top 5 Health Care and Social Assistance Occupations
|Top 5 Occupations||This Industry||All Industries|
|Aged and Disabled Carers||128,700||140,400|
|Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers||85,800||87,800|
Health Care and Social Assistance is a large and strongly growing industry. More than 1.5 million workers are employed, accounting for 13% of Australia’s workforce, making it Australia’s largest employing industry. Over the five years to November 2015, employment grew by 20.3% (or 256,600). New jobs were created in all subsectors, but most were in Medical and Other Health Care Services (up by 142,100) with Social Assistance Services also adding a significant number (75,800).
Around 250,200 more jobs are expected over the five years to November 2020 (up by 16.4%).
Nearly four in five workers in Health Care and Social Assistance have completed post-school study. While a large proportion holds a bachelor degree or higher qualification (44%), vocational education and training (VET) qualifications are also a significant pathway to employment.
The strong growth in this sector has been accompanied by a very strong rise in related university enrolments (up by 45% over the five years to 2014) suggesting there may be strong competition for available jobs despite the projected employment growth.
Women have a particularly large share of jobs (nearly four in every five), the largest proportion of any industry. Part-time employment is also common, with 45% of workers employed on this basis (compared with 31% across all industries).
Few workers are aged 15 to 24 years (10%), in part reflecting the time taken to gain relevant qualifications, and a high proportion is aged 45 years and over (46%).
Educational attainment, Health Care and Social Assistance (% of industry total)
Age profile, Health Care and Social Assistance (% of industry total)
Employment projections by region, Health Care and Social Assistance, five years to November 2020 (% change)
For more information see lmip.gov.au
Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections