Health Care and Social Assistance

Australian Jobs 2021

Health Care and Social Assistance

Annual Employment Growth (%)

Health Care and Social Assistance is Australia’s largest employing industry and, given the COVID-19 pandemic, has a critically important workforce. It covers health services like hospitals, General Practitioners, dental and ambulance services, as well as child care and aged care.

Top employing occupations

Occupation This industry All industries
Registered Nurses 283,800 309,100
Aged and Disabled Carers 216,100 240,900
Receptionists 98,200 164,500
Child Carers 87,100 132,500
Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers 84,300 92,700
General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers 66,900 70,200
Welfare Support Workers 38,900 72,800
General Clerks 36,400 311,200
Psychologists 27,500 31,900
Physiotherapists 27,500 34,800
Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses 25,700 26,200
Health and Welfare Services Managers 26,200 32,900
Medical Technicians 25,000 33,800
Social Workers 24,700 40,500
Kitchenhands 24,300 138,800
Midwives 23,400 25,900
Practice Managers 23,300 27,400
Dental Assistants 21,800 21,900
Nurse Managers 18,300 23,900
Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers 21,500 33,800

This industry has a large proportion of part-time workers, with 45% of the workforce employed part-time (compared with the Australian average of 32%). There is also a significant share of female workers in Health Care and Social Assistance (nearly four in five workers are female).

Post-school education is commonly required in this industry with more than 80% of the workers having a post-school qualification. Qualifications are often mandatory for employment and training opportunities exist in both the higher education and VET sectors.

Demand is expected to continue for this industry, given the COVID-19 pandemic and Australia’s ageing population.

Sources: ABS, Labour Force (seasonally adjusted and annual averages of original data); ABS, Characteristics of Employment; ABS, Education and Work.