04.03.2019 Personal Growth

Rewarding careers in healthcare

Helping others is probably the greatest satisfaction we can have in the workplace, says 
Andrej Kovacevic

Finding a career that is fulfilling is an important part of maintaining emotional and spiritual wellbeing. For the caring souls among us, such a career requires finding rewarding work that has a positive impact on others or on society at large. While careers that fit that description may be found in a variety of industries, healthcare is probably best represented.

To help job seekers find the right career path for them in Australia's healthcare market, here's a look at five health-related careers for people who love helping other people.

Home Healthcare Aides

There is perhaps no better position in the healthcare industry for caring individuals than becoming a home healthcare aide. In the role, they will have an immediate and profound effect on the lives of the people they serve, helping them to live productive, healthy lives well into their later years while remaining in the comfort and security of their own home. For members of Australia's ageing population, (https://aifs.gov.au/facts-and-figures/ageing-austr...) having a compassionate caregiver around to help them navigate the difficulties they encounter as they age can have a positive effect on their quality of life. It's also one of the most in-demand categories of healthcare workers in Australia today, with demand expected to continue climbing for the foreseeable future.

Physical Therapists

Losing mobility due to accident or injury can be one of the biggest threats to quality of life anyone can face. Physical therapists do the hands-on work required to help people in that position regain their mobility and reclaim their lives. For caring people, it's a worthwhile and in-demand career that offers excellent growth prospects and the chance to make a direct and very visible difference in the lives of others. Consider, for example, watching a patient take their first unassisted steps after helping them work hard to overcome their injury or disability – it's difficult to imagine many job outcomes more personally fulfilling than that.

Social Workers

For caring people, providing emotional support and comfort to those in need comes naturally. That's why they're well-suited for careers as social workers, where they will be on the front lines of care for people facing significant emotional or lifestyle-related difficulties. A social worker comes into contact with some of society's most underserved individuals, helping them make real changes in their lives to support their wellbeing. It's also a field that is always in need of qualified, caring workers, which is why there's no shortage of counselling courses in Melbourne (https://www.training.com.au/ps/counselling-courses...)and other major cities aimed at ensuring a steady supply of needed talent. For caring people, it's yet another career where they can make a real and lasting difference in people's lives.


Anyone who's ever visited a hospital can tell you that while doctors seem to get all of the credit when patients get well, it's the nurses who provide the constant care. In fact, nurses are the real backbone of Australia's healthcare system, and if there's any career with a real need for caring individuals, nursing is it. Nurses can fulfill a variety of healthcare roles, including patient data collection, wound care, and grief and pain mitigation. They're the do-it-all, empathetic stars of the healthcare industry, and Australia's need for qualified candidates is nearing crisis levels (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-12/nsw-set-for...)in some areas.


Although there is a wide variety of careers within the healthcare industry that suit caring people, there aren't very many (short of becoming a doctor) that hold the promise of being the difference between life and death. Paramedics are one such healthcare profession that counts itself among that critical lifesaving group. While it's not a career for the faint of heart, becoming a paramedic is challenging and rewarding, and a perfect fit for those who want to make a difference in the lives of others. It's also another field with chronic shortages of qualified workers, so there's a real need for the caring and adventurous to swell their ranks.

Its Own Reward

It should be obvious that any one of these careers in the healthcare industry would make for an excellent choice for anyone that loves to help others. They're all personally and financially rewarding, with growing demand that guarantees stability and upward mobility for years to come. That, however, is secondary to the fact that any one of the careers listed here offers caring people the chance to do the kind of work for which the rewards go well beyond remuneration – and can provide those that take them on with the kind of emotionally and spiritually satisfying work they need to live their own best lives.

Andrej Kovačević

I am a professional writer and freelance investigative journalist. If there's a new and exciting trend, there's a good chance Andrej is writing about it somewhere out there.

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