Aged care is one of Australia’s fastest growing industries. With our increasingly ageing population, aged care jobs continue to rise too. In fact, it is predicted that by the year 2050 around 3.5 million Australians will be accessing aged care services, calling for a workforce of almost one million aged care professionals.
A recent report from IBIS World on the aged care residential services industry in Australia has also forecast positive growth in the sector, and a lot of aged care jobs. The aged care residential services industry includes facilities that provide long-term accommodation or support to older residents, such as aged-care facilities and retirement villages.
An increasing demand for qualified carers
A primary reason for Australia’s continual aged care industry growth is the country’s ageing population. According to the ABS, the 20 years between 1999 and 2019 saw the proportion of the population aged 65 years and over increase from 12.3% to 15.9%. This means an increased need for facilities and support for this group and higher demand for those who can provide high quality aged care services.
Get equipped to join this growing industry
In Australia, there are now plenty of choices for those requiring aged care, catering to unique needs and personal choices. At Selmar, we equip students of all ages and backgrounds with qualifications in aged care and disability support, offering certificate and advanced diploma options. Our courses are designed to equip graduates with the skills to work across these diverse areas – including working in personal care, disability support, management, community care and home care.
Meaningful employment in a growth sector
For those considering joining the aged care industry in Australia, it’s worth knowing that careers in this sector can be incredibly fulfilling. Aged care is really more than just a ‘job’. As an aged care worker, your role is to improve the quality of life for those in your care, helping them with practical tasks as well as emotional support. For many, this provides rewards that go far greater than a pay cheque alone.
So, if you’re seeking a new career, or a career change, in a thriving industry that’s also exciting and rewarding – studying aged care at Selmar may be your best way forward.
Contact us today for more information on our aged and disability care courses and how to get started.