Careers in Health Care and Social Assistance


This is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry, employing over 1.5 million people. In Brimbank, the industry employs 10,091 people or 11.8% of local jobs. In Brimbank, the industry covers health services like Hospitals, Medical and Other Health Care Services, Residential Care Services and Social Assistance Services. Source

Many workers are female and part-time work is common. Education is important if you want to work in this industry. Jobs like nurses and doctors need a university degree, while child carers and aged care workers need VET qualifications. Source

Nationally, trends for the Health Care and Social Assistance industry are as follows:

Very strong growth in a number of occupations including:

  • Aged and Disabled Carers - average weekly income $1,265 before tax
  • Ambulance Officers and Paramedics - average weekly income $2,180 before tax
  • Child Carers - average weekly income $953 before tax
  • Midwives - average weekly income $2,204 before tax
  • Registered Nurses- average weekly income $1,909 before tax
  • Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers - average weekly income $1,374 before tax

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Strong growth in:

  • General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers - average weekly income $2,459 before tax
  • Medical Imaging Professionals - average weekly income $2,354 before tax
  • Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers - average weekly income $1,200 before tax
  • Occupational Therapists - average weekly income $1,569 before tax