ANZSCO 2544

Registered Nurses

EMPLOYED

346,400

PART-TIME SHARE

48%

FEMALE SHARE

88%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,156

MEDIAN AGE

38

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

18,100

Registered Nurses provide nursing care to patients in hospitals, aged care and other health care facilities, and in the community.

  • Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
  • Working in consultation with other Health Professionals and members of health teams, and coordinating the care of patients
  • Providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitoring responses to treatment and care plan
  • Promoting health and assisting in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
  • Answering questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of Enrolled Nurses and other health care workers
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2023, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Registered Nurses All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 52% 70%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 41 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,156 $1,697
    Median hourly earnings $56 $43

    Industries

    Registered Nurses work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    28.9%

    Victoria

    26.2%

    Queensland

    22.9%

    South Australia

    7.0%

    Tasmania

    2.4%

    Northern Territory

    1.3%

    Australian Capital Territory

    1.5%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, February 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Registered Nurses All Occupations
    Median age 38 years 39 years
    Female share of employment 88% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Registered Nurses
    15–19 5.2 0.1
    20–24 9.1 6.8
    25–34 22.7 28.8
    35–44 22.3 23.2
    45–54 20.4 20.1
    55–59 8.8 8.9
    60–64 6.5 7.8
    65 and Over 4.9 4.3

    Education

    Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required.

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Registered Nurses
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 20.0
    Bachelor degree 23.2 63.7
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 9.0
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 2.6
    Year 12 15.9 1.2
    Year 11 4.0 0.1
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.5
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