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Upskilling and retraining for the most employable industries in Australia

by Chloe Baird
Posted: January 28, 2021

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What is meant by a ‘resilient’ industry? 

In a recent report from the National Skills Commission, they listed several industries in Australia as being resilient; that is, their employment levels remained steady, or grew, during the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Of the top six resilient industries, healthcare ranked the highest in terms of employment share. And the top four most resilient occupations all fell under the healthcare banner, including Aged and Disabled Carers and Medical Practitioners.  

The purpose of carrying out these reports during such a volatile time is to help job seekers and education providers alike better plan for the future of the Australian workforce. What are the most employable industries? Which jobs are most in demand? And how can education providers make sure they’re equipping Australians with the right skills for the future workforce? 

Read on to find out how and why healthcare is expanding so rapidly, and why the time is now to join this growing industry.

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What are the most in-demand jobs in Australia? 

The National Skills Commission report found that, “the Health Care and Social Assistance industry was?one of only four industries to see an increase in employee jobs between March and October. Employee jobs in this industry increased by 0.3% between 14 March and 17 October. This growth was well above average for?all?industries over the period (down by 4.4%).” 

On top of these findings, the report also found that hospitals recorded the largest increase in jobs in the healthcare industry between 14 March and 17 October, which increased by 2.5%.  

However, these figures aren’t totally surprising. The healthcare industry was quickly expanding even before the beginning of 2020 with high demand for qualified professionals and a major skills shortage predicted by 2025.  

According to Seek’s list of the most-needed jobs, Aged and Disability Support Workers, Nurses and Counsellors all make the top 20.  

This is backed up by LinkedIn’s ‘Jobs on the Rise’ report which lists Mental Health Workers and Healthcare Assistants as some of the most in-demand jobs in Australia right now.  

While the idea of a skills shortage in these critically important sectors is a little daunting, it does mean that there are plenty of opportunities for people looking for a stable, reliable job in a growing industry. 

Why is the healthcare industry growing so quickly in Australia? 

Did you know that the healthcare and social assistance industry in Australia accounts for 14% of all workers in Australia? That’s about 1.7 million people across the country. Registered Nurses are the top employing occupation in that field, and Aged and Disabled Carers are the second highest employing. By 2024, the number of people employed in healthcare is set to reach 1.9 million.  

The next largest employing industry is retail, with 10% of the total workforce.   

One of the biggest drivers for demand is our ageing population. People are living longer, which means there is an increasing demand for aged care services.  

There is also rising demand for regional services. According to an article from Seek about the growing healthcare industry, “the share of new job ads in healthcare in areas outside of capital cities has risen from 25% to 32%, demonstrating a significant shift from metro to regional areas.”?? 

Thirdly, technology could also play a factor, especially in the years to come. Just look at the way technology has transformed the industry in the past ten years: telehealth services are expanding, the Internet of Things (IoT) allows us to track our fitness in real time with wearable devices, genomic medicine can help create personalised care plans, 3D printers can print prosthetic limbs, and we even have robots helping in operating theatres. 

When it comes to technology in the healthcare industry, there are some truly phenomenal things happening. And as technology continues to evolve, new innovations could make some services more accessible, while also providing a ‘high end’ experience for others.  


Is healthcare a good career choice? 

There are many different reasons why people choose to follow a career in the healthcare industry. And with so many different types of jobs available in different sectors, from allied health services to aged care, your career choices aren’t limited.  

As the healthcare industry is forecasted to continue growing, choosing to follow a career in caring means that you’re all but guaranteed steady, reliable work. There are also plenty of opportunities for growth if you’re looking for a career that will allow you to expand your skillset and continue to move up the ladder.  

Retraining or upskilling for a job in healthcare 

If you’re thinking of retraining for a career in healthcare, or are looking to upskill and get ahead, then the time is now.  

Depending on the role you’re looking to pursue will depend on the kind of qualification you’ll need. Some roles don’t require a formal qualification, but obtaining a nationally recognised certificate or diploma could help boost your chances of landing your dream job.  

Many of OC’s healthcare courses also include work placement, which means you get the flexibility of an online course combined with hands-on experience.  

To view the full range of OC’s nationally recognised certificates and diplomas, click through to our healthcare course page. And if you’re not too sure which course is right for you, you can start a 7 day free online trial today.  


Chloe Baird

Chloe is an Open Colleges alumnus who now works full time for OC as a Content and Copywriting Specialist. She is passionate about encouraging others to pursue their goals through education.

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