Globalisation, automation and rapidly changing needs mean the future of employment will probably look very different to now. In fact, many current careers won’t exist in the next 10 to 20 years. So, it’s critical that students ask the important question: ‘Will my chosen study path lead to strong job opportunities after graduation and beyond?’
In this series, we’re exploring a range of occupations forecast to have strong employment prospects in the future. Some careers in the tech industry are quickly emerging. Plus, there are other existing careers that will also have an important place in the employment opportunities of tomorrow.
In a complicated world and with a rapidly expanding population, health services are going to be even more important in the future. That means the role of doctors, health workers, and nurses will become increasingly critical. Today, we’re looking at the many opportunities in nursing.
Are you caring, curious and hard-working? Do you have a real passion for providing service to the people in your community? Are you passionate about studying science, health, and the human body?
If yes, nursing might be for you. Nurses promote positive patient health, formulate care plans, and look after the wellbeing of patients. They’re analytical problem-solvers with great organisational, social and people skills, and are able to work well in a team with allied health groups (such as fellow nurses, doctors, physios, social workers, admin staff, and so on).
Nurses make a difference
Nursing is a highly respected profession for a reason: as a nurse, you’re helping people and making a positive impact on the world. Wherever you work, you’ll have the ability to help save and improve lives – even beyond the hospital. As such, this makes you a valuable asset in both your local community and anywhere in the world.
Nursing is exciting, fast-paced and hands-on
It isn’t for the faint of heart. At any time, medical emergencies and unpredictable incidents can arise without warning. As a nurse, you’ll learn to be ready for anything. You’ll understand how to work under pressure, respond quickly to crisis situations, assist patients in urgent need, and save lives. No two days on the ward will be the same. In this fast-paced, dynamic environment, you will challenge yourself to the fullest.
Nursing will constantly engage your mind
Nursing requires you to be curious. Nurses come into contact with people from all different backgrounds, communities, and walks of life. You’ll see, treat and care for patients presenting all kinds of illnesses and injuries. You’ll get real-life experience doing practicals in health clinics, aged care centres, and hospitals. You’ll learn all the ways in which the human body works.
Nurses have strong career prospects
Registered nurses are a fundamental part of the health system and belong to the biggest employing sectors in Australia. As of 2021, 1.8 million people hold jobs in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. This number is expected to surpass 2 million by the year 2025. Occupations in the industry are incredibly varied. For example, jobs related to the HLT – Health Training Package make up roughly one-third of the Health Care and Social Assistance workforce. Other notable roles include Aged and Disabled Carers (roughly 9 per cent), Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers (6 per cent), and Receptionists (6 per cent).
These statistics clearly show that nurses have huge scope for career diversity. This means you may have the opportunity to proceed down further pathways and specialise in a particular area. Regardless of your specialisation, the skills you learn are highly transferable and valuable in Australia and all around the world. With this exciting career, where you go is up to you.
To qualify to specialise in nursing, you may need to complete a Bachelor qualification in a similar field. Relevant career pathways may include:
- Diploma of Nursing
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Master of Science (Nursing)
- PhD in Nursing
No matter what kind of qualification you choose, you’ll have excellent education providers to choose from. Australia is home to world-class nursing programs.