If you are passionate about helping people, this might be the industry for you. As Australian's are living longer and becoming more invested in being healthy, this sector has become one of the largest employment industries in Australia!

The health industry works both with people looking to maintain and improve their good health, but also people with health problems. Some of the issues you might see as a worker in this industry are physical and mental health issues, homelessness, and domestic and family violence.

Workers in the health industry are often compassionate and empathetic, with high level customer service and communication skills. High levels of resilience can also be important, as staff work in difficult situations. Most people in this industry want to assist people and make a difference.

What does this industry cover?

The health industry is not just about doctors and hospital care. It includes primary health care, dental assisting and technology, radiographers, administration, massage therapists, osteopathy and pharmacy support. The health industry intertwines with community care in areas such as disability and aged care.

Primary health care is normally the first point of contact when you are unwell. It can be visits to your local GP, community health centres or allied health centres. It might be a one off visit or regular appointments for early intervention, prevention or management of chronic health conditions.

With the onset of digital technology you may be able to use ‘telehealth’ or video for your consultations. Other digital technology that is beneficial in health is a fitness device or a smart phone that can track your exercise and monitor your heart rate and what you eat.

Job hunting information

Employers in this sector look for those who are caring, compassionate and empathetic, and can communicate clearly.

During 2019 health care rebates changed for some natural therapies, which affects consumers accessing these services. For anyone wanting to start their own business in the health care and related industries, they should check government regulations and health care rebates.

Some occupations in the health care industry require University qualifications, including Doctors, Paramedics and Registered Nurses. Other occupations require vocational education and training qualifications, including Enrolled Nurses, Pharmacy Technicians, and Dental Assistants. Further research is important to understand what type of education pathway is right for your chosen occupation.

Many roles in the health industry are with Government health services, and this is a great place to start job hunting. There are also many local health services that you could contact directly to find out how they hire staff. You should also look at private hospital and clinics websites.

Information for further research

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.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a medium industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2019, commencements were: 1947

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2019 in this industry have increased, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 14/04/2020AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are medium to high.

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

Industry Employment Size

This is a large sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has increased.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is low to medium.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment, 2019. AATIS analysis.

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