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Careers of the Future: Aged Care

Friday, 22 March 2024, 06:03 PM By Ana Camara

An ageing population, automation and rapidly changing needs mean the future of employment will probably look very different to now. Many current careers won’t exist in the next 10 to 20 years. Students need to ask: Will my chosen path ensure strong job prospects post-studies in Australia in the future?

In this blog post we’re exploring a range of occupations forecast to have strong employment prospects in the future. Some careers in the tech industry are quickly emerging. Plus, other existing careers will also have an important place in the employment opportunities of tomorrow.

With a growing population and complexity in the world, the importance of health services is increasing. By 2057, Australia's elderly population (aged 65 and over) will more than double, highlighting the urgent need for increased care.

International students can provide specialised care

Many older Australians, born overseas or with non-English-speaking backgrounds, constitute a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) population. Many CALD Australians face barriers to accessing wellbeing services, despite their diverse situations and needs. On 30 June 2022 (or during the 2021–22 financial year for home support):

  • 33% of individuals receiving mainstream aged care services in Australia were born overseas, encompassing residential care, home care, and home support. Among them, 67% are from non-English-speaking countries, while 33% are from other English-speaking countries.
  • People using these mainstream services also spoke a range of languages. Home care had the highest proportion of non-English preferred language speakers at 18%, followed by respite residential care (11%), home support (9.6%), and permanent residential care (9.0%).

International students in aged care bring a unique advantage: their diverse language skills and cultural backgrounds. This allows them to provide care to a wide range of individuals, enriching the care experience for all. This gives international students greater employment advantages in the care industry.

Practical placements mean better job opportunities

Greenwich has dedicated, nationwide industry expert trainers and work placement personnel. Our courses provide industry-required placement hours to gain valuable experience and secure a job with your desired employer. Our campuses boast top-notch facilities and expert trainers with industry connections. See more reasons to choose Greenwich below:

The care industry is one of the fastest-growing job markets in Australia

The healthcare industry in Australia offers abundant job opportunities, making it the largest employment sector in the country. The health and social sector makes up 15% of Australia's workforce, employing over 1.7 million individuals in health care and social assistance roles as per the 2021 Census.

Around 30% of the healthcare workforce is in hospital-related positions, underlining hospitals' importance. With the industry's growth and rising demand for services due to an aging population, diverse job opportunities are expected.

Various roles in healthcare include medical, nursing, administrative, managerial, and support functions vital for smooth facility operations. Technology's prominence also drives demand for expertise in health informatics, telemedicine, and digital health management.

Furthermore, expanding community-based healthcare services and focusing on preventive care create additional opportunities for allied health professionals, social workers, and community health workers. The healthcare industry showed resilience during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, with professionals stepping up to provide critical care to the nation.

Healthcare careers promise stability, growth, and the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in others' lives as the industry evolves.

Education pathways

Are you looking for a rewarding role helping the community, along with an opportunity to grow with job security? Aged Care is in high demand both in Australia and worldwide, requiring a steady supply of qualified workers. If you're compassionate and eager to support the ageing community, explore Greenwich College's Aged Care courses.

If you have any questions regarding our range of Aged Care courses, you can book here to: Meet a Course Advisor for some expert advice on the best course to take for your future career in Aged Care.

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