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Child Carers

Job Prospects

Data on Job Outlook are updated on a yearly basis and are compiled from national statistics which may not reflect either regional variations or more recent changes in employment conditions.

  • Over the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for Child Carers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000). Job openings count both employment growth and turnover (defined as workers leaving their occupation for other employment or leaving the workforce). Further information about job openings and projected employment growth is available on the Help page.
  • Employment for this occupation rose strongly (in percentage terms) in the past five years and rose strongly in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Child Carers to November 2019 is expected to grow strongly.
  • This is a very large occupation (130,200 in November 2014) suggesting that opportunities should be available in most regions.
  • Child Carers have a relatively low proportion of full-time jobs (51.3 per cent). For Child Carers working full-time, average weekly hours are 37.3 (compared to 40.9 for all occupations) and earnings are low - in the first decile. Unemployment for Child Carers is above average.
  • The most common level of educational attainment for Child Carers is Certificate III/IV (31.4 per cent).
  • Child Carers are mainly employed in Health Care and Social Assistance, Education and Training and Other Services.

Key Indicators

Key Indicators graph - see table below for a summary

These data show 9 key indicators for this occupation - employment size, full-time share of employment, earnings, unemployment, historical employment growth (long-term, medium term and short-term), future employment growth, mix of industries and job openings. Estimates have been rounded and consequently some discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.

IndicatorLevelDecile
How many workers are employed in this occupation?130,20010
How many work full-time (% share)?51.32
What are the weekly earnings for full-time workers ($ before tax)?7401
How does unemployment compare with other occupations?above average8
What has been the long-term employment growth - 10 years (%)?51.48
What has been the medium-term employment growth - 5 years (%)?24.48
What has been the short-term employment growth - 2 years (%)?12.78
What will be the likely future employment growth for the next five years?strong growth8
What will be the level of future job openings?high10

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