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Now the fastest growing industry in Australia, the health and community services sector accounts for about 9% of the national’s workforce.

When you work in this industry, your people skills, compassion and expertise make a real difference to people from all walks of life, especially the vulnerable - the aged, the ill and the underprivileged. Your career is challenging, but rewarding and fulfilling.

Whether you're focused on working as an enrolled nurse or as a social worker for homeless teens, The Northern Sydney Institute can give your career a helping hand with stimulating, accredited coursework.

A look at the facts...

  • Australia’s population is expected to grow by about 30 per cent in the next two decades and the fastest growing group are the over seventies. This will increase the demand for high quality health and aged care.
  • It is forecast that jobs for aged and disabled carers will grow more than 20% in the next five years.
  • Over 50,000 job openings are predicted for nursing support and personal care workers in the next five years.
  • A career in community services and health can be flexible due to part-time and shift work options.

(Source: IBIS World; joboutlook.gov.au; DEEWR)

A career in health and community services

Possible job roles include:

  • registered nurse
  • enrolled nurse
  • disabled carer
  • aged carer
  • child carer
  • nursing support/ assistant
  • personal care worker
  • social worker
  • Indigenous youth worker
  • youth worker
  • outreach worker
  • community services worker
  • community services manager
  • recreation and community arts workers
  • volunteer program manager
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • counsellor
  • residential care worker

Study and career pathways

There is more than one pathway to a successful career, and it may not always be in a
straight line.

Our Career Guide will give you some idea of how the different qualifications fit together and what they mean in the industry.