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Employment Outlook

Aged Care Worker


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Employment Levels

Around 175,800 people are currently employed as Aged Care Workers in Australia. This is set to increase significantly to 245,100 people by 2023, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

26.4% of all Aged Care Workers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Aged Care Workers is NT, with only 0.8%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 77.1% of Aged Care Workers being female and 22.9% male.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Aged Care Workers is 45-54 years old, with 24.4%. A small percentage (8.6%) of people get into this career path younger, aged 20-24. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Aged Care Workers, with 15.6% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Aged Care Workers work an average of 35.9 hours a week (Compared to all jobs average of 40.0 hours)

Education Level

The majority of Aged Care Workers have a Certificate III/IV qualification (51.2%) or have an Advanced Diploma/Diploma (11%). 9.7% of people have completed only up to year 11, whilst 2.4% have a qualification which is Year 10 or lower.



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.