Considering doing an aged care course in Australia? Working in aged care can be incredibly rewarding – but it doesn’t come without its challenges. It takes a special kind of person to work in this sector. Think you’re up for it? From job opportunities to funding options, consider these 8 factors before taking the leap.
1. Job Growth
The aged care sector has very strong future growth. In fact, research shows the number of aged care job vacancies in Australia more than doubled from 2015-16, and aged care job vacancies exceeded applicants by 400% in January 2016.
With a high demand for professional aged care workers, chances are very likely you’ll have plenty of job opportunities within the industry once qualified.
2. Average Salary
The national average salary for a full-time aged care worker is $45,000 per annum. Pay will generally increase as experience in the role increases.
So the longer you’re employed as an aged care worker, the more you’re likely to be paid – not unlike most occupations.
3. Job Opportunities
There’s a wide range of jobs available in the aged care sector. On completion of a Certificate IV in Ageing Support, you’ll have the opportunity to seek employment in the following roles:
Personal care assistant
Community support worker
Aged care activity worker
Care services team leader
4. Key Skills
You may be eligible for funding support under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program, the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy, or Higher Level Skills Funding.
You can learn more about funding for your aged care course in Australia here.
Think you’d love a job where you’re making a real difference in people’s lives? You can find out more about a Certificate IV in Ageing Support with MyPath Education here, or give us a call to chat about your learning options in person: 07 3489 7777.