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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, and work in a profession that really makes a contribution to people's lives and wellbeing.

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

Why be a health professional?

Health qualifications offer you a rewarding, challenging, lifelong career where you can grow and change in your chosen field or up-skill to move into other areas of specialisation.

Every day there are advances in medical research and technology, in fields like biosciences, nanotechnology, genetics, human behaviour and many others that impact on health. 

These advances lead to new procedures, medicines, technologies and approaches - even to entirely new fields of health practice. The health profession role you work in may not have been invented yet!

Where can a health qualification take me?

Job growth in the health sector is strong and continues to increase.

Public health issues such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, sedentary lifestyles and ageing populations all affect our health care systems and services.

Australian health professionals are highly regarded overseas and can find work in a range of roles and health care organisations around the world. 

What is the health profession all about?

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

Explore your options and pathways
A great way to start narrowing down your choices is to think about the specific skills and day-to-day work involved in the different health careers.

Do you have any experiences that would lead you towards particular jobs? For example, if you have dental braces you might have a keen interest in finding out more about oral health professions such as dentistry. Or if you know someone who has broken a lot of bones, you may want to know more about radiography.

Do you feel uncomfortable when visiting clinical environments such as doctors’ surgeries and hospitals, or do you feel faint at the sight of blood on medical TV shows? If so, consider looking into allied health professions such as nutritionspeech pathologysports science or health promotion, which may lead to jobs outside of clinical environments. 

Health profession career options
Many roles, such as doctor and nurse, will be familiar to you. There are many more specialisations you can consider: (The Glossary-health page has more detail about these)

Anaesthetist; Audiologist; Dentist; Dietician; Health Information Manager; Health Promotion Officer; Medical Imaging Technologist; Medical Scientist; Midwife; Neurologist; Obstetrician/ Gynaecologist; Occupational Therapist; Ophthalmologist; Optometrist; Osteopath; Paediatrician; Paramedic; Pharmacist; Physician; Podiatrist; Psychiatrist; Psychologist; Physiotherapist; Public Health Officer; Social Worker; Speech Pathologist; Surgeon.

For more detail about these and the professional roles in each, go to 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 821Kb).

Compare the figures in this infographic, based on latest (2015) data, to the current data on the Job Outlook website to see what's changed since 2015.  

Compare the figures in this infographic, based on latest (2015) data, to the current data on the Job Outlook website to see what's changed since 2015.  

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Find out more

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.

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