Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance statistics overview. This image shows that there were 1,663,900 people employed in Health Care and Social Assistance as at November 2017, up 8.0% since November 2016 and 22.1% since November 2012. Employment is projected to grow by 16.1% over the five years to May 2022.
33% of jobs are regional (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
78% of workers are female (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).
82% of workers hold post-school qualifications (up 5 percentage points over 5 years).
44% of jobs are part-time (up 2 percentage points over 5 years).
The median age is 43 years (down 1 percentage point over 5 years).

Top 5 Occupations

Top 5 Occupations
Occupation This Industry All Industries
Registered Nurses 260,300 279,300
Aged and Disabled Carers 153,200 171,000
Child Carers 114,700 162,400
Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers 89,200 92,600
Receptionists 83,800 180,700

Employment, Health Care and Social Assistance (‘000)

This line chart shows the number of people employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry over the period from November 1997 to November 2017. The chart shows employment increased strongly over this period to 1,663,900 in November 2017.

This is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry. This is a highly educated workforce and large shares are employed as Professionals (42%) or Community and Personal Service Workers (31%).

The strong employment growth in this industry has been accompanied by a rise in the number of people studying Health, with post‑school education commonly required. In 2016, there were 206,000 university enrolments in Health (up by 40% over five years) and 296,000 in the Vocational Educational and Training sector.

A high proportion of this industry’s workforce is aged 55 years or older, suggesting that retirements will provide significant opportunities over the next decade.

Health Care and Social Assistance is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2022, supported by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Australia’s ageing population.

Educational attainment, Health Care and Social Services (%)

Shows the educational attainment profile of the Health Care and Social Assistance industry's workforce.  Bachelor degree or higher 45%. Certificate III or higher VET qualification 31%. Other qualification 6%. No post-school qualification 18%.

Age profile, Health Care and Social Services (%)

Shows the age profile of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce. 8% aged 15 to 24 years. 22% aged 25 to 34 years. 22% aged 35 to 44 years. 24% aged 45 to 54 years. 23% aged 55 years or older.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (trend and annual averages of original data); ABS, Census of Population and Housing; Department of Jobs and Small Business, Industry Employment Projections; Department of Education and Training, Higher Education Statistics; NCVER, Total VET Students and Courses

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