Australia’s largest employing industry accounting for 13% of Australia’s workforce
Employment grew by 20.3% or 256,600 jobs over the five years to November 2015.
Around 250,200 more jobs are expected over the five years up by 16.4%.
Nearly four in five workers have completed post-school study. A large proportion holds a bachelor degree or higher qualification and vocational education and training is also a significant pathway to employment.
The strong growth in this sector is accompanied by a very strong rise in related university enrolments - up by 45% over the five years suggesting strong competition for available jobs despite the projected employment growth.
Women have a large share of jobs, nearly four in every five - the largest proportion of any industry.
Part-time employment is also common, with 45% of workers employed on this basis compared with 31% across all industries.
Only 10% of workers are aged 15 to 24 years reflecting the time taken to gain relevant qualifications, and a high proportion is aged 45 years and over at 46%.