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Health Care and Social Assistance

Health Care and Social Assistance employs approximately 1,631,000 persons (ABS trend data), full time and part time, which is around 13.3 per cent of the total workforce. Over the past five years, employment in the industry has increased by 21.1 per cent. The median age for workers in this industry is 43 years and median earnings are around $1,200 per week (before tax) for full time employees. For more detailed information on the Health Care and Social Assistance industry, please visit the  Data Tools channel.

Employment Characteristics

Data

Employment Level - August 17 ('000)

1,631.0

Employment Growth - Five years to August 17 ('000)

283.8

Employment Growth - Five Years to August 17 (%)

21.1

Male Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

22.3

Female Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

77.7

Full Time Share of Employment - Year to August 17 (%)

55.9

Average Full Time Hours - August 17

36

Median Weekly Earnings (full time employees) 2015 ($)

1200

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 ('000)

250.5

Projected Employment Growth - Five Years to May 2022 (%)

16.1

Sources: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003, trend. Average full time hours data is Department of Jobs and Small Business trend; Earnings data are ABS, Characteristics of Employment Cat. No. 6333.0, 2015; Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2017 employment projections, five years to May 2022.

Top 10 Occupations

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Number Employed

(four quarter average, 2016)


Registered Nurses

245,100

Aged and Disabled Carers

143,900

Child Carers

101,100

Receptionists

89,700

Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers

89,600

Generalist Medical Practitioners

58,300

Welfare Support Workers

37,900

General Clerks

30,000

Medical Technicians

23,700

Dental Assistants

23,300

Source: Four quarter average and custom data based on ABS Labour Force, Australia, Cat no: 6291.0.55.003.


Supporting data

Employment Projections

Where will the jobs be in the future? The Department of Employment projects employment growth over the next five years by region, industry, and occupation.

Vacancy Report

Online job advertising levels and trends by region, occupation and skill level are detailed in the monthly vacancy report.

Employers’ Recruitment Insights

The Survey of Employers' Recruitment Experiences is used to monitor recruitment conditions and to provide up-to-date information on regional labour market challenges.