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Due to the wide variety of roles in the health industry, the day-to-day tasks you can expect to perform will vary, depending on your career path and area of specialisation. However, the majority of roles in the health industry are focused on providing the best care possible to a patient, and as a result, your work will likely focus on your patients.
You might perform tasks such as:
Upon course completion you may choose to seek employment as a:
You’ll enjoy working in the health industry if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts significant growth in a range of health roles over the next decade as Australia’s health system adapts to a growing and ageing population.
Employment prospects in the nursing, speech pathology, physiotherapy, nutrition, social work and pharmacy professions are all expected to expand, and roles in health management and administration are expected to rise by approximately 25 per cent by 2020.
Job Outlook identifies nursing as a particularly fast-growing industry – predicting over 50,000 new registered nurses will be required in Australia by the end of this decade. Currently employing approximately 277,000 people, the nursing sector will employ nearly 330,000 people all over Australia by the end of 2020.
PayScale reports average salaries for a range of health profession roles.
According to PayScale, registered nurses may expect to earn a salary between $38,000 and $81,000 per year, with an average salary of approximately $64,000 per year. If you choose to work as an allied health assistant to a specialist, you can expect to earn approximately $54,000 per year.
You may choose to pursue further training and work in a specialised allied heath role. According to PayScale, an occupational therapist can earn between $45,000 and $78,000, depending on experience, with an average salary of $62,000. A physiotherapist can expect to earn between $49,000 and $88,000, with an average salary of $68,000. A nutritionist can expect to earn between $45,000 and $78,000, with an average salary of $53,000.
You may also choose to work in health administration or management. According to PayScale, a health administrator can expect to earn an annual salary between approximately $49,000 and $62,000 per year, with an average of approximately $87,000.