Community and Health

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Make a positive contribution to the community by working in a range of fields from aged care to community services, child and family studies, health and recreation, and nursing.

Career opportunities in Community and Health

Here are some career suggestions within this interest area:

Aged Care

Harness your empathetic nature to develop the skills and knowledge required to provide care and support to elderly people in community and aged care facilities. With a course in this field, you’ll learn about the aged care sector, how to provide personal care and support for older people and how to interview and communicate with older people within residential facilities. On completion, you’ll increase your chances of securing employment as an assistant in nursing, support worker, carer or personal care assistant.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5)

Imagine a career where you contribute to the development of a young child’s future. In this Bachelor Degree, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge in the areas of early childhood theory, practice, professional practice and leadership. As an early childhood educator or director, you’ll be able to facilitate and ensure children’s health and safety while supporting their learning and wellbeing. Entry may be available at Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4.

Community Services

If you’re looking for a rewarding career path that focuses on helping others, the community services sector is for you. You’ll develop the skills required to work directly with people to provide support in community settings using a personal centred approach. A qualification in this career area will equip you to work in a wide range of Government or community based organisations as a social welfare worker, disability officer, youth worker, case management officer, or mental health worker.


If you consider yourself to be flexible, adaptable and caring, you may like to think about a career assisting people with an intellectual or physical disability. You’ll develop the skills needed to care for and support people with a disability in community and/or residential facilities. This rewarding career gives you the opportunity to encourage clients to develop their personal, community and social relationships. On completion, you’ll be able to work as a disability support worker, care assistant, residential care support worker or client assistant.

Early Childhood Education

If you relate well to children, possess a natural curiosity and have a keen interest in education, you may like to consider employment as a childcare worker. With our courses in this field, you’ll develop the skills to help the educational, physical, social and emotional development of children in environments such as centre based care, family day care or out-of-school-hours services. Your work day may include planning and implementing developmental programs, preparing play and learning materials, helping children with daily routine tasks and guiding children’s behaviour and social development.

Health and Fitness

Are you interested in health and fitness? Contributing to the health and wellbeing of others can be an incredibly rewarding career. With our health and fitness courses, you’ll develop the skills to provide fitness instruction to groups or individuals, or acquire advanced technical, planning, management and leadership skills. Depending on the electives chosen you could learn to provide exercise instruction for groups and aqua or gym programs. An exciting career as a fitness instructor, operations manager or sports development officer awaits.

Massage and Complementary Therapies

Enjoy a career working magic with your hands to provide massage treatments such as hot stone, reflexology and aromatherapy to clients with specific needs. You may also develop skills in injury management, rehabilitation and/or relaxation. Partner these skills with complementary therapies to provide a holistic approach as a massage therapist.

Nursing, Health and First Aid

Have you considered a career in the health industry? A caring and compassionate attitude and an understanding of your role is essential. You’ll acquire the skills needed to provide care and support for individuals and groups, administer first aid, or assist in the administration of a dental practice. On completion, you’ll gain employment as a nurse or health care assistant in a general or specialised health care facility.

How to find a course

So you’ve worked out what career areas or careers interest you and it’s time to see what courses are available?

To find courses in your area of interest, enter your keywords into the course search function on the top right hand side of the page. For more detailed searches, use the ‘Advanced search option’.

Not sure which course to choose?

If you need help deciding which course or course level to choose, you can speak with one of our Customer Service Centre staff on 1300 766 123 or take advantage of our free career counselling service. Our experienced staff can help you decide which courses will help you reach your goals.