There’s more to aged care than just being than being an aged care worker, a rewarding and valuable career itself. This large and growing industry needs all kinds of specialists and other workers to keep it working efficiently.
What type of person would this job suit?
- Most importantly, you should patient and compassionate, and enjoy helping and empowering others
- Be practical and capable, both physically and mentally – you might need to help move people and heavy equipment, and find solutions to meet each individual need
- You’ll need top notch people skills, be a great communicator – both verbally and with body language, and a good listener
- Have great organisational and hygiene habits, and good observational skills
- Be conscientious and dependable
Industries where you could find aged care workers:
- Sports and fitness
- Community Health
- Residential facilities
If you’d really like a career looking after our elderly population and putting their best interests first, this industry is the perfect fit for you.
Due to the diversity of careers within this industry, from service providers and entertainers, right up to specialist geriatric medical professionals, there are lots of pathways and entry levels. So you’re very likely to be able to find a way in that suits your qualification, goals and passions.
You could study a Bachelor of Health and Community Care Management at USC which could qualify you to work in health and community care. You could be employed as a leisure and lifestyle coordinator, respite care coordinator, aged care manager, staff development officer, practice manager, or quality assurance officer.
Or you could study a Bachelor of Nursing and go on to specialise with a Graduate Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Aged Care. Like those available at Flinders University.
Alternatively, you can start out at TAFE and gain a Cert III or IV, then work and gain experience before deciding if you want to go to uni later on.
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) from TAFE NSW is a good example of an introductory course qualify you to work in community and/or residential settings. You can even study online.
Aged Care Worker
Most jobs require a Cert III or IV
You’ll be part of a team responsible for providing assistance to clients either in their homes or in specialised residential facilities. Helping with everything from personal care, to providing companionship and support during daily activities, and monitoring and responding to their needs 24/7.
The average salary for aged care workers is $47,000 per year.
Minimum requirement Bachelor Degree in Nursing
You’d be out and about in the community working as part of a team, providing nursing care to patients to maintain their physical and mental health, as well as supporting their carers.
You would work closely with GPs, social services, hospitals and other healthcare professionals to ensure individual needs are met, through a personalised service.
The average salary for Community Nurses is $80,000 per year.
Minimum requirement Bachelor Degree
A dietitian works to make sure that individuals receive specialised diets that are right for them to ensure they’re receiving the best nutrition and hydration to keep them well.
You would work closely with nursing, medical and allied health staff, as well as the management team at residential homes and kitchen team members.
The average salary is $64,000 depending on experience.
Minimum requirement Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy
Work to help overcome age-related conditions such as poor balance and coordination, memory loss and confusion, and vision and hearing loss, so that elderly people can maintain meaningful activities and cope with everyday life.
You could be working in the community (helping people still living at home), in acute care (hospitals and rehabilitation centres), or residential care services.
The average salary is $70,000 depending on where you work and your experience.
Growth in this industry is very strong and expected to remain so.