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Health Care and Social Assistance is Australia’s largest and fastest growing industry, employing over 1.5 million people. It is Central Queensland’s largest employer and continues to be a trending industry in our region. Now is the time to gain or upgrade your skills or start you job search here.

Across the region there are 20 hospitals, including one each in Yeppoon, Biloela, Emerald, and Mount Morgan, three in Rockhampton, two in Gladstone and more across the region. In addition, 30 ambulance stations support the region’s population as well as the Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service and the Royal Flying Doctors Service based in Rockhampton.

There are 66 aged care services across the region, with 1,605 places to support residents. While over half of these places are within the Rockhampton Regional Council area, there are increasing numbers of opportunities across the region for workers in this growing industry as our population ages.

At the 2016 Census, health care and social assistance was the largest employing industry in Central Queensland, employing 10,248 people or 10.5% of local jobs. The largest sub-sectors in Central Queensland for employment were Hospitals (3,248 persons), Residential Care Service (1,692 persons) and Allied Health Services (1,119 persons). (ABS, 2016 Census)

In the five years to 2018/19, Gladstone Regional Council had a 17.0% increase in the number of persons working in health care and social assistance. Rockhampton Regional Council had a 3.2% increase over the same period while Livingstone Shire Council experienced a 0.8% growth in health care and social assistance workers. (Economy ID)

Shift work and part time work is common in health care and social assistance jobs. Education is important if you want to work in this industry. Paramedics, nurses, doctors and occupational therapists, for example, require a university degree, while care workers need VET qualifications. CQUniversity and other registered training organisations are a great place to gain qualifications and skills to enter this field.

Nationally, trends for the Health Care and Social Assistance industry are as follows:

Very strong growth in a number of occupations including:

  • Aged and Disabled Carers - average weekly income $1,265 before tax
  • Ambulance Officers and Paramedics - average weekly income $2,180 before tax
  • Child Carers - average weekly income $953 before tax
  • Midwives - average weekly income $2,204 before tax
  • Registered Nurses- average weekly income $1,909 before tax
  • Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers - average weekly income $1,374 before tax

Strong growth in:

  • General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers - average weekly income $2,459 before tax
  • Medical Imaging Professionals - average weekly income $2,354 before tax
  • Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers - average weekly income $1,200 before tax
  • Occupational Therapists - average weekly income $1,569 before tax

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