By:  Eliza Brockwell
March 5th, 2018

Australia’s fastest growing jobs are in healthcare

Job prospects in health careers are set to grow faster than any other industry, with the promise of rewarding salaries and job security to sweeten the deal. The cherry on top? There are boundless areas to choose from, across jobs such as social work or surgery.

Australia’s ageing population and the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means the creation and sustainment of health careers across the board. The NDIS alone is promising to provide 460,000 Australians with disability support over the lifetime of the patient.


20-30% of health job vacancies listed on Indeed.com remain unfilled after 30 days


It’s a long-term demand for skilled healthcare workers that ensures job security over the course of your career.

Even general practitioners are hard to come by with 35.74% of job listings still vacant after a month, despite a lucrative average salary of $126,000.


Healthcare and social assistance jobs are expected to grow 16.1% to 2022


More jobs means more career growth prospects, too. Taking up a managerial position can see you jump from being a Registered Nurse to a Registered Nurse Manager with an average salary increase of $9,000 for your efforts.

Jobs in health are also super rewarding. According to a recent global study, employee job satisfaction relies on job stability, a good salary and above all, feeling appreciated for your work.

In health, feeling appreciated comes from working directly with patients and seeing the progress you make through smiles on faces. It’s a rare change from graphs and charts that track achievement in most jobs.


Healthcare is the #1 sector for new jobs and has been since the 1990s


Health careers aren’t limited to hospitals, either. Analyse the mind as a mental health professional or try your hand at exercise therapy; work with others as a disability carer or with technology as a sonographer; find your niche in research, teaching or advocacy – your options are endless!

– Eliza Brockwell

Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.

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