Channel your empathy and people skills into a rewarding career helping people by studying an aged care course.
As an aged care worker, you can expect to work closely with your clients in intimate, hands-on settings, helping them complete a range of everyday tasks to ensure they continue to engage meaningfully and positively in everyday life. Placing the client at the centre of your work, you’ll endeavour to ensure the client directs their own activities, providing support and assistance where needed to help them thrive in their own environment
As an aged care worker, you might perform tasks like:
In some situations, you may also live with a client, and work intimately with them to ensure they can continue to participate fully in society with your support.
After completing an aged care course, you may seek employment as a:
You’ll find working in aged care rewarding and energising if you:
With Australia’s ageing population, demand for skilled aged care workers is growing rapidly. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the sector has been growing strongly in size for the past decade, and predicts that growth will continue until at least 2020. Currently, approximately 140,400 people are employed as aged and disabled care workers in Australia, and the sector will employ approximately 183,400 people by 2020. Job Outlook considers this growth in job opportunities to be very strong.
PayScale reports that aged care workers may expect to earn a salary between $34,000 and $60,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $44,000 per year. Entry-level workers can expect to earn competitive salaries, with aged care workers with less than five years’ experience earning on average approximately $43,000 per year.