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Employment Outlook

Assistant in Nursing

Assistants in Nursing provide assistance, support and direct care to patients in a variety of health, welfare and community settings.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 89,800 people are currently employed as Assistants in Nursing in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 103,300 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

34.6% of all Assistants in Nursing are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Assistants in Nursing is NT, with only 0.9%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 23% of Assistants in Nursing being male and 77% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Assistants in Nursing is 45-54 years old, with 24.6%. A small percentage (7.8%) of people get into this career path older, aged 60-64. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Assistants in Nursing, with 12% aged 55-59.

Hours Worked

Assistants in Nursing work an average of 35.7 hours a week which is 5.2 hours lower than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Assistants in Nursing have a Certificate III/IV qualification (40.9%) or are at a Year 12 level (15.2%). 69.7% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 30.3% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Assistant in Nursing Duties & Tasks

  • Personal Care
  • Assisting Nurses and Doctors
  • Keeping medical facilities well attended
  • Patient support and care
  • Administration of medication and care



*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.