Healthcare continues to explode, while education offers opportunities

Australia is in the midst of a healthcare boom and it is showing no signs of slowing down.

According to the new edition of The Good Careers Guide 2018, released today by Good Education Media, healthcare is Australia’s largest and fastest growing employer with more than 1.5 million people working in the sector. More than 250,000 jobs are projected to be created over the next five years.

The Good Careers Guide, which provides analysis on industry trends including detailed descriptions of more than 400 occupations, has introduced a feature this year on the modern workforce, including the impact that technology has on the jobs of the future, the gig economy and the changing work environment.

Chris Lester, CEO of Good Education Media, says university enrolments are a key driver of job growth in the healthcare sector, a claim supported by the user activity across The Good Careers Guide website.

“Australia has seen a 159 per cent increase in health-related course enrolments since 2001, more than double architecture and building, and natural and physical sciences, while the most popular healthcare course searches on are predominantly degree-level,” says Lester.

“However, with the country gripped by a skills shortage, there may be big opportunities beyond nursing and medicine that allow VET inclined students to enter the healthcare industry.”

Top five healthcare course searches

  1. Bachelor of Medical Sonography
  2. Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine
  3. Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
  4. Bachelor of Nursing
  5. Bachelor of Paramedicine


Healthcare isn’t the only industry in the ascendancy and education is projected to have strong growth over the next five years. With the population continuing to rise, there is no end in sight to the need for qualified teachers, as well as the associated support staff.

Yet, in terms of university enrolments, education lags behind, with just a 19 per cent increase between 2001 and 2016. On, education ranks as only the fifth most commonly searched field of study, with health predictably at the top of the pile.

Top five course searches, by field of study

  1. Health services and support
  2. Business and management
  3. Engineering and technology
  4. Nursing
  5. Education and training


Chris Lester believes education, in addition to health, is the sector that students should be looking to for future employment.

“Population growth and aging means that the healthcare industry will continue to offer a stable career path for students, however education may provide a less congested journey over the next decade,” says Lester.



University enrolment trends — 2001-2016


The Good Careers Guide is one of the most popular career planning tools for students and is used in secondary schools throughout Australia. The Good Careers Guide 2018 is available for purchase via the Good Education Bookshop and selected newsagents. For more information visit

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