Health Care and Social Assistance

This image shows that there were 1,523,000 people employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry at November 2015, up 9.7% since 2014 and up 20.3% since 2010. 34% of jobs were regional. Employment in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry is projected to grow by 16.4% over the next 5 years.
1,523,000
EMPLOYED
November 2015
Regional
9.7 since 2014
20.3 since 2010
Projected to increase by 16.4% over the next 5 years

Top 5 Health Care and Social Assistance Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Top 5 Occupations This Industry All Industries
Registered Nurses 238,600 257,400
Aged and Disabled Carers 128,700 140,400
Child Carers 111,400 149,600
Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers 85,800 87,800
Receptionists 85,500 165,500

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)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Health Care and Social Assistance Industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 44%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 32%. No post-school qualification 18%. Other qualification 6%.

Age profile, Health Care and Social Assistance (% of industry total)

Shows age profile of the workforce in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.  15-24 years 10%. 25-34 years 21%. 35-44 years 23%. 45-54 years 24%. Aged 55 years and over 22%. All industries average: 15-24 years 16%. 25-34 years 23%. 35-44 years 22%. 45-54 years 21%. Aged 55 years and over 18%.

Employment projections by region, Health Care and Social Assistance, five years to November 2020 (% change)

Employment projections by region, Health Care and Social Assistance, five years to November 2020 (% change)

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Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Education and Work; Department of Employment, Industry Employment Projections