According to The Australian Financial Review, the health jobs boom has also lured former carpenters and even accountants into the sector. Experts say the boom is virtually immune to the economic cycles that can flatten growth in, say, mining or tourism jobs - two other sectors driving growth. Since labour costs are about 70 per cent of total healthcare costs, that means jobs.
Technology has also become more ubiquitous in health care but face-to-face assistance and hands-on care are still required. Australia's booming population is driving demand for healthcare that governments are straining to meet - and the whole phenomenon is helping to propel economic growth.
Jobs in healthcare and social assistance - which also includes aged care and caring roles picked up by the National Disability Insurance Scheme - jumped 10 per cent in the year to February to 1.708 million, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
By contrast the workforce as a whole grew 3.5 per cent to 12.49 million workers - which is generally regarded as a pretty good clip.
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