Robots don’t care: why the future of work is in the care sector

Posted in: Blog | 18 Jan 2018

Thinking about technology and the future has always been equal parts exciting and scary. Right now, there’s a lot of discussion going on about driverless cars, artificially intelligent office workers and robots that can make the perfect cheeseburger. It’s easy to believe the machines are taking over!

What’s important to realise is that human beings have always been adapting to new technology. More than 40% of the world’s population used to work in agriculture but these days, only about 2% of people do. Those other 38% haven’t been sitting around doing nothing since the agricultural revolution. They all managed to find jobs doing something else.

The difference this time is that automation and AI are going to affect nearly every sector over the next couple of decades. So, where will the future of work be and how can you put yourself in a position for a lasting career?

Professor Toby Walsh, an expert in AI at CSIRO recently told The Australian “Computers are emotionally illiterate, so people with the most people-focused skills are going to be valued.”

Speaking to the ABC, Andrew Charlton, renowned economist and director of AlphaBeta says “Most of the opportunities are to do things that machines can’t do, things that humans do well in the caring economy — to be empathetic, to work in a range of occupations which require interpersonal skills.”

While some experts are predicting that up to 80% of jobs will be automated in the next 50 years, research by Oxford University revealed that some specific roles will have comparatively low chance of being automated:

  • Mental health and substance abuse social worker – Chance of automation 0.3%
  • Occupational therapist – Chance of automation 0.35%
  • Dietitian and nutritionist – Chance of automation – 0.39%
  • Physician and surgeon – Chance of automation 0.42%
  • Clergy – Chance of automation 0.81%

As you can see, the safest jobs by far are in the Healthcare and Social Assistance industry. That’s part of the reason the Australian Government has predicted that one in four new jobs will be in the care sector over the next decade.

Research from McCrindle last year pointed out that two of the top five fastest growing job groups are Aged/Disability Carers and Child Carers, as there will be nearly 100,000 new roles created in the lead up to 2020. Combine that with another 50,000 workers required in Community Services and Youth Work, and it’s easy to see why the future is bright for people working in the care sector.

Charlton Brown is centred around the care needs of all Australians and we’re committed to building the future care workforce by putting care at the core of everything we do. Making the start on a new career is now easier than ever with our range of industry approved qualifications that offer flexible study options and rolling start dates.

With a proud 30-year history of providing industry-best training, Charlton Brown has developed more than 18,000 quality graduates who now work across every facet of the Health Care and Social Assistance sector. Combining our core competencies and expertise in the care industry with strategic partnerships and support from government, NGOs and large care providers, we’re the ideal starting point for your new career in this growing industry.

Get in touch with us today to find out how you can get started on one of the below qualifications that combine the latest theory with hands-on learning from industry work placement opportunities.

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) – Covers the key knowledge areas you’ll need to provide support and meet the unique care needs of older people, while also teaching the essential skillsets that will allow you to empower elderly people to live fulfilling lives.

CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) – By looking into the essential knowledge and skillsets required to provide person-centred support to those with a disability, this qualification will also enable you to assist a disabled person to communicate and achieve their goals

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Covering the essential skillsets you’ll need to provide high quality care to babies, toddlers and young children, you’ll also learn the exciting knowledge areas that will enable you to foster the learning and development of young children.

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services – This course is ideal for those seeking a career in a general welfare setting. Workers in this role are usually involved in service delivery, either direct client work and/or health promotion and community development projects. They also work closely with their clients to develop programs and services that assist their individual needs.

CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work – This course will prepare you to develop and facilitate programs for young people to address social, behavioural, health, welfare, developmental and protection needs of young people. As a youth worker, you will be responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation.

close icon

Enquire about this course to download our free course guide.

Thank you!