Make a real difference in someone else’s life and play a leading role in the challenging and rewarding health sector by studying a mental health course.
Mental health workers work closely with clients to provide information and support and to help clients work through social environmental and cognitive issues in their lives, careers and relationships.
Mental health workers may work in a variety of industries, including working in school counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, rehabilitation counselling and relationship counselling. As such, the nature of your work and the issues you discuss with clients will vary, depending on your role.
However, you can generally expect to perform tasks like:
Get qualified to work as a:
You’ll thrive working in the mental health sector if you:
According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, the mental health sector in Australia is large and steadily growing. Job Outlook reports that job opportunities in the sector have increased strongly over the last decade, and predicts that this trend will continue until at least 2020. Currently, approximately 60,900 people are employed as mental health workers in Australia, and Job Outlook reports this will increase to approximately 72,500 people by 2020.
According to PayScale, mental health support workers can expect to earn between $40,000 and $74,000 per year, with an average annual salary of approximately $54,000. PayScale notes that nearly two thirds of all mental health support workers have fewer than five years of professional experience, indicating that people move on from this role as their careers progress. PayScale reports that a case manager may earn between $42,000 and $82,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $63,000.