There has never been a greater need for the right sort of people in the field of Health Care than there is now. People are more stressed, more overweight and working more hours than ever before. And significantly, like most countries in the developed world, as a nation we are getting older. So there have never been more career opportunities for qualified workers in Health Care than there are right now.
According to the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) Australian Jobs 2012 report, the Health Care and Social Assistance sector has experienced strong growth over the past decade and is now Australia’s largest employing industry with more than 1.3 million workers (12% of national employment).
In fact, in the 5 years to November 2011, employment across all industries in Australia grew by a healthy 10.4%. But in the Health Care sector, it grew by an astonishing 25.9%. So there is absolutely no doubt that there are plenty of opportunities.
As you could well imagine, the term ‘Health Care’ is a fairly broad one – in other words, the different types of roles available are many and varied.
Make no mistake – a career in Health Care is not for everyone. It requires a robust level of commitment (and in some cases, compassion) that many other fields don’t. The word ‘vocation’ is used fairly liberally these days, but in Health Care, that’s often what it is.
However, if you think that you have what it takes (and a lot of people who work in Health Care will tell you that they knew it was what they wanted to do from a very early age), then the Health Care industry can be very rewarding indeed.
Some days will be hard – there is no doubt about that. But in terms of job satisfaction and ‘feel good factor’, Health Care is right up there.
So, now that you have established that working in Health Care is something that you might be interested in (if you hadn’t decided that already), the next question is, what field specifically?
SEEK has a wide range of jobs available right now at seek.com.au. Here are some of those career paths that you may wish to take:
- Aged Care
- Disabled Care
- Mental Health Care
- Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation
- Chiropractic & Osteopathic
- Medical Research
- Natural Therapies & Alternative Medicine
- Pharmaceutical & Medical Devices
The list is too long to include fully here, but this will certainly give you some idea of the breadth of careers available.
Obviously, many of these roles require certain qualifications and/or experience, and the ads on the SEEK website will stipulate exactly what they are. So if you have the necessary qualifications, your choice of career will be a much simpler one. However, if you find a particular path that really interests you, but you do not have the right qualifications, don’t let that stop you. Maybe you could do a course of study that will get you qualified? It’s never too late to take a new career path if you are sufficiently motivated. After all, obstacles are often just opportunities in disguise.
And not all jobs have to be full-time either. SEEK has an ever increasing amount of casual, part-time and shift work positions in the Health Care industry. Maybe you can find something in your newly chosen field that you can fit around your study?
In some instances, there will be jobs that don’t require any qualifications or experience – just the right attitude and a high level of motivation and commitment.
Whichever way you go, the very best way for you to take your place in the Health Care industry is to complete a Job Seeker Profile on the SEEK website. You can summarise yourself in your own words and control who sees your profile and resume.
That way you will become instantly visible to prospective employers and give yourself a better chance of them taking a healthy interest in you.
Reinvent Your Career would like to thank Seek where this article first appeared.