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Overview

Find Out Just How Rewarding Career in Health Can Be: 

Health is the overall condition of the body and mind. Working in health is the general observation, assessment, treatment and care for others. These are the fundamentals of the business and the ones to abide by.

The health industry is one of the biggest in the world, whether you are employed by a healthcare institute or choose to go freelance, you will almost always be guaranteed work in this industry.

It is a known fact you must promote nourishing food and exercise if you are working in the health industry as these are the core values of the field. Presenting yourself well is highly important in demonstrating to clients what fit and healthy looks like and showcasing your belief in the methods you teach.

Besides being fit and active yourself, to work in health you must be a good communicator. Having the skill to empathetically listen to your clients and advise them regarding the right treatment needs to be explained in a way patients will understand.

Outside of the above you must be into working in close proximately with other human beings. It does depend on which avenue you'll take in your health profession but generally across the board you will be working face to face and even physically assessing people to diagnosis the correct treatment plan.

Job Opportunities

If you're contemplating a career in health, here are some interesting facts to mull over from the Australian Government Job Outlook Initiative:

  • Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow very strongly to 15,800. Around 11,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,000 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • They mainly work in: Arts and Recreation Services; Accommodation and Food Services; and Education and Training.
  • Full-time work is common. Full-time workers, on average, work 44.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).

Types of Courses

There is a variety of short courses available in the health industry. Depending on which way you are looking to take your career or start it, there is a short course to suit all needs. Whether you are looking to work in administration or to support healthcare professionals, courses are offered face to face, online and Australia wide.

Here is a brief outlook at what's available and a small description on each.

Certificate III in Health Support Services

This qualification is for 1 year and provides you with the knowledge of administering quality support to people in the health industry. You will be supervised in this role and trained to practice discretion and judgement when assisting the healthcare professional.

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

The duration of this qualification is 6 months. It reflects individuals who use a variety of factual, technical and procedural expertise to support healthcare individuals in treating their patients.

Career Outcomes

There are a variety of paths you can go down when considering a career in health and a number of job titles you can have, including:

  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene Assistant
  • Dental Therapy Assistant
  • Dental Prosthetist Assistant
  • Practice Manager
  • Health Assistant
  • Allied Health Worker
  • Ambulance Attendant
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Registered Nurse
  • Health Promotion Officer
  • Administration Supervisor
  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Speech Pathology Assistant
  • Speech Therapy Assistant
  • Family Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Detoxification Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Ward Clerk
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Clerk
  • Ward Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Wardsperson
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Patient Services Assistant
  • Operating Theatre Technician
  • Orderly
  • Nutritionist
  • Dietary Aide
  • Community Based Allied Health Assistant
  • Oral Health Advisor
  • Dental Sterilisation Nurse
  • Dental Radiographer
  • Treatment Coordinator
  • Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Medical Imaging Assistant
  • Dietetics Assistant
  • Dental Receptionist
  • Patient Support Services
  • Patient Support Attendant
  • Environmental Services Attendant
  • Orderly Nursing Assistant
  • Pathology Collector
  • Community Health Worker
  • Team Leader
  • Community Information Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Care Team Leader
  • Senior Community Care Worker
  • Assistant Age Care Coordinator
  • Assistant Age Care Team Leader
  • Service Coordinator
  • Transport Coordinator
  • In-Home Respite Care
  • Pathology Assistant
  • view all

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