Where to get a job in an in-demand industry
We recently looked at industries with predicted strong growth to 2025 in our Where the jobs are article. But not all jobs (or employers) are the same. Some will offer entry level jobs with permanent positions, above award wages, and clear promotion pathways, but others prefer casual or contract staff.
In this post we’re going take a deep dive into one of the industries and take a look at some of the career options that won’t necessarily require a university degree. We’ve found some preferred employers for low-skill, entry-level, school-leaver jobs the in-demand industry of Health Care and Social Assistance. These could be a good place for you to start your career search if you’re thinking about starting work straight after high school.
Entry Level Careers in Health Care
Within the Health Care Industry there are lots of entry level jobs to consider, they could help you to get a foot in the door, provide pathways into other careers or give you some insight into if there are other careers in this industry you’d like to pursue.
- Data Entry – entering patient information and updating records
- Administrative Officers – updating records, making appointments, sending out important documents and information
- Patient Transport – you’ll need a full, clean, driver’s license
- Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) – also known as caregivers or health aides, provide care to residents in homes or other patients who are unable to look after themselves. They work in aged care, disability or hospital services.
- Home Health Aide – take care of patients who are suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities, or are elderly and need continuous care while living at home. Qualifications aren’t usually a requirement and you’ll get on-the-job training.
- Medical Receptionist – specific qualifications may not be required but skills or experience with office administration and IT are generally required. You’ll also need to have great spelling (medical terminology can be tricky) as well as customer service and communication skills.
- Medical Transcriptionist – transcribe audio reports from health professionals into accurate, written records, reports or correspondence. Great typing and spelling skills will be essential.
- Dental Assistant – you’ll most likely need to get a Certificate 3 in Dental Assisting to be eligible for these roles, but you could apply for a traineeship as a school leaver and start earning while you work.
- Pharmacy Assistant – working in a pharmacy team under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. You’d mainly be working in retail pharmacies selling pharmaceutical goods, managing stocks and greeting clients.
There’s also jobs in other departments to explore
If you’d prefer to be less hands on, then you might like to consider non-clinical entry level roles in departments such as:
Human Resources, IT, trades, policy and project management, finance, purchasing, cleaning and food services, facilities management including grounds maintenance etc., operations, security, or regulatory services.
Check working conditions and vacancies
When you’re looking for vacancies, it’s a good idea to look at the employers website and see what they offer their employees. Don’t just take their word for it though. If you can look for testimonials from current or previous employees, search around to see what their reputation is like, or better still ask someone who works for the organisation what the work life balance, pay, and benefits are like.
Working within your state or territory-based Health organisation could be a great way to ensure that you’re being provided with great working conditions, good job security and are able to access more opportunities that come up for internal applicants. You’ll also be able to ask around and find out about other jobs and qualifications that you might be interested in down the track.
- Australian Government Department of Health
- QLD Health
- NSW Health
- ACT Health
- VIC Health
- SA Health
- WA Health
- NT Health
- TAS Health
Bupa – part-time and full-time roles in all states except Tasmania.
McKenzie – permanent full-time or part-time in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria
Regis Aged Care – in all states and the Northern Territory
Personal and disability carers
Aruma – full and part time jobs in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT
Life Without Barriers – full time and part time jobs across Australia
Minda – permanent full time in South Australia