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Career options in Child Care – here’s what you can look forward to!

If you love children and are searching for a fun and satisfying career with flexible work hours, then choosing a career in Child Care may be a great move for you! As the Australian Child Care industry continues to grow steadily with no signs of slowing down, the industry is proving to be one of the safest and most rewarding career options to choose from today!

Why work in Child Care?

Child Care professionals perform a critically important role in young children’s lives, making them invaluable members of society. They help shape children’s early, formative years which are essential to their future development and education. If you love being around children and enjoy nurturing development, a career in Child Care could be just what you’ve been looking for.

Choose a Child Care career path that’s right for you

A Child Care qualification from Sage can lead to a variety of career paths in the Child Care industry; typically these fall under:

  • Education & Training
  • Healthcare & Social Assistance

There are so many options; you may choose to work with children as young as only six weeks old, to much more mature children such as twelve year olds. You may prefer to work in long day care, occasional care, after-school care, family day care, home care, holiday care, or even in hospitals or women’s shelters. The choice is literally endless!

The economic outlook for employment in Child Care

According to JOB OUTLOOK, an Australian government initiative for employment, the Child Care industry is expected to grow “very strongly” over the next few years:

  • “Over the next five years, the number of job openings for Child Carers is expected to be high (greater than 50,000). Job openings can arise from employment growth.”
  • “Employment for Child Carers from now to November 2017 is expected to grow strongly. Employment in this very large occupation (119,500 in November 2012) rose strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years).”

Career options in Child Care – here’s what you can look forward to!

“The graph shows historical and projected (to 2017) employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, DEEWR trend data to November 2012 and DEEWR projections to 2017. Estimates have been rounded.” – Job Outlook, Australia (joboutlook.gov.au)

If you’d like to view more statistics for Child Care, check out the Job Outlook website here: http://joboutlook.gov.au/occupation.aspx?code=4211&search=keyword&Tab=prospects

Job Flexibility

If you’re interested in a career in Child Care, there is ample flexibility for both full-time and part-time employment.  In fact, part-time jobs in Child Care occupy just over 50% of the market place, so rest assured, if part-time work is more suitable for you due to family commitments or lifestyle choices, there will be plenty of part-time options into the future.

Child Care Courses at Sage

At Sage, we offer both full and part-time Child Care courses to fit in with your busy lifestyle. You will also receive unrivalled support from our full time career agents who are there to assist you with finding work placements during the course, and permanent employment upon completion. In fact, our dedicated career agents are out on the road seeking new opportunities for our graduates and trainees every day, building strong relationships with the best companies in the industry.

If you think you might be interested in a child care career, talk to our expert career advisors and find out which course suits you best. You may even be eligible for VET FEE-HELP for our Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Call 1300 991 991 now to find out more.

Sage Institute of Child Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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