Job trends in health care and social assistance

The health care and social assistance sector is a great area to work in, as it’s the number one growth industry in Australia, with jobs on the rise. Employment within the health industry is expected to increase by 250,200 new jobs by 2020 (or 16.4 per cent).* 

The number of people aged 65 and over has tripled within 50 years, rising to 3.4 million in 2014.* These people are requiring more healthcare and assistance than ever before which is driving the demand for jobs across all areas of the sector. 

The top three subsectors expected to create the largest number of jobs within the industry are medical and other health care services along with social assistance services. The two occupational subgroups projected to contribute to the largest number of new jobs are health professionals as well as carers and aides.*
Chisholm Online Certificate IV in Disability teacher Sharon Futcher says, “It’s a great time for people to get into the industry, particularly to be working with people who have disabilities, because of the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS is increasing job opportunities as well as giving people with a disability more control over their funding packages. 

“This means that workers can go on to become self-employed and provide a range of services to help people with a disability to reach their full potential.

“Working with people who have disabilities is a varied and rewarding career. You can work with children, adults and the elderly. You can work in residential settings, educational and vocational organisations and day program providers. Supporting others to reach their goals, have fun and be part of the wider community is one of the greatest joys that I have ever experienced,” she says.

Studying with Chisholm Online can help prepare you for working in the industry. It provides quality training and gives students access to teachers who have many years of experience in the industry. 

“Studying online means that you can meet all the busy demands of your life, whilst working towards a rewarding and satisfying career,” explains Sharon Futcher. 

Chisholm Online Dual Diploma of Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drugs teacher Sally Walker adds, “Many of the foundation skills in working with people in need are transferable across a number of health and welfare sectors.”

If you’re considering getting into the health care and social assistance sector, take a look at the full list of health courses available with Chisholm Online.

Fast facts on health jobs

  • 9.6 million people aged over 65 in 2064 – almost triple over 50 years
  • #1 growth industry – Health Care and Social Assistance
  • 250,200 new jobs or 16.4% projected growth in the five years to 2020
  • Top 3 opportunities – Medical and Health; Social Assistance; Hospitals
  • #1 growth occupation – Health professionals – 125,100 new jobs projected
  • #2 growth occupation – Carers and Aides – 111,800 new jobs projected


* Australian Government, Australian Jobs 2017, report, Department of Employment.