Sector snapshot: healthcare

Posted April 13, 2015, by Vivien Luu

Thinking of joining the healthcare industry but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you’re working out your next move and want to see what areas are on the up. We’ve put together a comprehensive overview of the sector so that you can weigh up your options, compare salaries and make an informed decision about your future – so don’t wait any longer!


1. What does the industry look like? 


Data from Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency 2013 industry reports. 

Sector snapshot: healthcare

The health sector has a strong outlook for growth and great employment prospects.

According to the Department of Employment, the industry can expect to grow by 16.3% between 2013 and 2018, which equates to an additional 229,400 jobs

This growth can be attributed to: 

  • Australia’s ageing population
  • The National Disability Insurance Scheme

2. Which areas in healthcare will boom?

Sector snapshot: healthcare

According to Deloitte’s Positioning for Prosperty report.

Sector snapshot: healthcare

According to the Deloitte’s Positioning for Prosperity report.


3. Will it be easy to find a job?


Healthcare workers can expect good employment prospects, however job opportunities vary between different professions and specialties.




Future employment 
(from 2013 – 18)

Future job openings
(from 2013 – 18)

StarStarStarStarStarCare workers  
Registered nurses
> 12.1%> 50,000 
StarStarStarStarStarDoctors (GP)
Healthcare managers
> 12.1%10,001 – 25,000
StarStarStarStarOccupational therapists
Nurse managers 
> 12.1%5,001 –
Doctors (other)
> 12.1%? 5000
StarStarStarDental assistants
Massage therapists
8.5 – 12%10,000 – 25,000
Speech pathologists
Nurse educators
8.5 – 12%? 5000
StarStarEnrolled nurses
Medical technician
Dental hygienists
Complementary health therapists
5.1 – 8.4% 10,001 – 25,000

Data from the 2014 Australian Jobs report.


4. What about qualifications and training?

Sector snapshot: healthcare

The health industry is one of the most highly skilled sectors with many health occupations demanding a tertiary qualification. Moving into the future, this trend will continue.

In 2011, 76% of health professionals held a bachelor degree or higher.

According to projections from the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, by 2025 between 79% and 85% of health workers will have a university education.


5. What’s the pay like? 

Sector snapshot: healthcare

Data from the 2014 Australian Jobs report.


7. What does my competition look like? 




Part-time %

Female %

Median age

Ambulance officers and paramedics143340
Care workers, nursing support and personal588143
Care workers, special376840
Carers, aged and disabled648248
Complementary health therapists516948
Dental assistants479831
Dental hygenists, technicians and therapists426444
Dental practitioners403242
Managers, health and welfare services147249
Message therapists617037
Medical imaging professionals236235
Medical practitioner, general204343
Medical practitioner, other175444
Medical technicians427741
Nurse educators and researchers269150
Nurse managers208849
Nurses, enrolled529145
Nurses, registered489043
Nursing support and personal care workers588143
Occupational therapists378931
Optometrists and orthoptists235631
Speech pathologists and audiologists409334

Data from the 2014 Australian Jobs report.

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Vivien Luu
Vivien Luu

Viv is a writer who enjoys researching and writing about creativity, how the human mind works, and neuro processes. She values creativity above all else and admires people who pursue their career dreams, no matter the sacrifice. In her spare time, she binges on HBO shows and epic fantasy novels.

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