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If you have a strong sense of caring and helping others, a professional health qualification can open up many career options. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in all kinds of real-life situations and jobs.

Why would I want to be a health professional?

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Health qualifications can make you highly employable. You’ll develop practical, transferable skills in general health and can specialise in health disciplines that interest you for your chosen career.

Health professionals can work in a range of professional disciplines around the world. Australian health professionals are highly regarded overseas.

Starting salaries vary widely across different areas of health, due to many health fields requiring completion of post-graduate study or internships before full professional accreditation and/or higher earnings are attained. However University graduates (Bachelor, newly qualified, under 25) can start on annual incomes of between $39k and $85k (median 2013). For example: Dentistry $85k; Medicine $60k; Nursing $52k; Optometry $70k; Paramedic $54k; Pharmacy $39k; Psychology and Social Work $50k; Rehabilitation $56k. (source: Graduate Careers Australia - Grad Jobs and Dollars 2013 data).

What is the health profession all about?

You may be surprised at the diversity of career options a health qualification from university can open up for you.

Health profession career options

Many roles, such as doctor and nurse, will be familiar to you. Here are many more specialisations to consider:

  • Anaesthetist
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Dietician
  • Health Information Manager
  • Health promotion
  • Medical Imaging Technologist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Midwife
  • Neurologist
  • Obstetrician/Gynaecologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Optometrist
  • Osteopath
  • Paediatrician
  • Paramedic
  • Pathologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Public health
  • Social Worker
  • Speech pathologist
  • Surgeon
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

There's more information about all of these career options and specialisations on the Find out more and Glossary-health pages.

Health professions snapshot - facts and figures

You can investigate more about a selection of health professions using our Health Infographic 2017 resource (PDF 841 kb).

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Explore the LEAP activities you can get involved in, to experience and learn more about the Health professions.

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Find out more about the wide range of health careers and roles you can pursue. Then remember to review your Career Action Plan with your teacher or careers teacher.

Also view health professional profiles to learn more about a particular field.


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