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Overview

The Health industry covers direct client care, technical support, ancillary services and public health.

What does this industry cover?

  • Ambulance services - transport & paramedics
  • Dental assisting & technology 
  • Health support services 
  • Public health, including population health & Indigenous environmental health
  • Complementary & alternative health
  • Enrolled nursing
  • Allied health assistance & health services assistance
  • Technicians - anaesthetics, audiometry, cardiac technology, health administration, pharmacy support, operating theatre, pathology, & sterilisation services

Industry Information

The Community Services and Health industry employs 12% of the Australian workforce, with one in four new jobs between 2013 and 2018 being in that industry.

There are approximately 21,700 employers in the Allied Health sector, with 98% being small businesses employing less than 20 people. There are 187,000 people working in the Allied Health sector. This number is expected to increase by 22% to 228,000 by 2020.

7,200 of Allied Health businesses provide dental services, 2,100 are optometrists or optical dispensers, 3,100 provide physiotherapy services and 2,700 provide chiropractic or osteopathic services. The balance provides a wide range of allied health services.

Source: Skills IQ Community Services and Health Environmental Scan 2015

Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 1585

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of all employees in this industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Dental Assistant

Allied Health Assistant

Pathology Collector

Health Administrator

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Health, Care & Community Services

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

The Health Industry has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Charts

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below. 

Industry

  • National Enrolled Nurse Association
  • Occupation Therapy Australia
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Podiatry Association
  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Dental Assistants Professional Association
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Optometry Australia
  • Chiropractor’s Association of Australia
  • Allied Health Professions Australia

Other useful links

  • Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
  • Department of Social Services
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Health

Careers Sites