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Career quiz: what health career is right for you?

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Match your talents and interests with the health career that’s right for you with our career quiz.

Want to discover your ideal healthcare career? Whether you already work in healthcare and want to change direction or you’re pondering a move into the industry, there’s a lot to consider. Discover how your preferences align with six healthcare careers with our career quiz.

Healthcare career quiz

1. What type of work environment do you prefer?

  1. Fast-paced hospitals and clinics
  2. One-on-one sessions with clients
  3. A quiet space to conduct in-depth research
  4. Community-based outreach and education
  5. Leadership and organisational roles
  6. Helping individuals with mental health challenges

2. How do you handle stressful situations?

  1. Stay calm under pressure
  2. Provide emotional support to others
  3. Analyse and problem-solve
  4. Adapt to changing circumstances
  5. Take charge and lead
  6. Offer empathetic listening

3. Which of the following motivates you most?

  1. Providing immediate care and comfort
  2. Assisting individuals in self-development
  3. Studying the human mind and behaviour
  4. Making a broad societal impact
  5. Managing and improving healthcare systems
  6. Developing services to support emotional wellbeing

4. What is your preferred work schedule?

  1. I don’t mind shift work and irregular hours
  2. I want to set my own hours and work for myself
  3. I’m happy to work to a flexible schedule
  4. I prefer regular hours and am happy to work alone
  5. I like working regular hours leading teams
  6. I like variety but don’t want to work shift work

5. Do you find satisfaction in guiding other professionals?

  1. No. I’d rather work directly with patients
  2. No. I want to help clients work through challenges
  3. Yes and no. I enjoy studying human behaviour and helping a range of people
  4. No. I want to make a difference in the lives of large populations of people
  5. Yes. I love the idea of guiding healthcare professionals
  6. No. I want to support those living with mental health concerns

6. A colleague is upset. How would you respond?

  1. Stay by their side, offering comfort and reassurance
  2. Offer to listen and encourage them to share their feelings
  3. Analyse the situation and offer guidance on managing emotions
  4. Initiate a discussion about workplace stressors and propose changes to reduce stress
  5. Coordinate with HR to ensure they receive the necessary support
  6. Suggest seeking professional help and provide them with information

7. What leaves you feeling most fulfilled at the end of a long workday?

  1. Knowing I’ve provided care, comfort and assistance
  2. Helping clients find solutions to their challenges
  3. Understanding complex human emotions and contributing to better understanding
  4. Seeing the results of my efforts in improving communities
  5. Successfully managing and enhancing the operations of a team
  6. Supporting individuals with their challenges and witnessing their improvements

Careers in healthcare quiz results

Mostly A’s: Nurse

Did you answer mostly A’s in our healthcare career quiz? If you find direct patient care appealing and often remain calm under pressure, you could explore a career in nursing.

Nurses work in hospitals, GP practices, outpatient facilities and homes providing medical care. These healthcare professionals work as part of a team that may include other nurses, doctors and allied health practitioners. There are many nursing roles, including:

  • enrolled nurses, who work under the supervision of registered nurses
  • registered nurses, who provide primary healthcare in a range of settings
  • practice nurses, who work in GP practices
  • specialist nurses, such as theatre nurses and mental health nurses

According to Seek, enrolled nurses earn about $68,000 a year, registered nurses about $88,000 a year and more experienced nurses, such as clinical nurses, about $105,000 a year.

There is much scope for nurses to further their careers by undertaking postgraduate study to become more senior nurses, such as nurse managers, nurse educators and nurse practitioners.

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Nursing
Award winning study model, delivered 100% online, this courses is designed to prepare nurses for some of the challenges of leadership.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
  • Promoting Cultural Competence and Community Health
  • Care Coordination in Practice
  • Leading Improvement and Innovation
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Majoring in Advanced Practice
100% online, the advanced practice major helps you develop the skills you need to deliver advanced patient care.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Quality Use of Medicines in Practice
  • Applied Health Assessment and Advanced Practice
  • Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice
Master of Advanced Nursing
Master of Advanced Nursing
Delivered part-time, 100% online and influenced by strong healthcare industry partners, it offers four specialist pathways - Acute Care, Chronic and Complex Care, Quality and Safety, and Leadership and Management.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
  • Specialty Clinical Practice
  • Applied Pathophysiology in Practice
  • Evidence for Informing Practice
  • Improving Safety and Quality in Healthcare
  • Plus Electives

Mostly B’s: Counsellor

Did you answer mostly B’s? If you are drawn to working one-on-one and helping individuals overcome their challenges, counselling could be a rewarding career for you.

Counsellors use a variety of techniques, including talk therapy, to help people facing challenges and support their emotional wellbeing.

These professionals may choose to specialise in areas such as relationships, family and children, crisis and trauma, drug and alcohol, or grief and loss. Counsellors generally work one-on-one with clients but may facilitate groups and collaborate with other healthcare providers.

A counselling career allows you to make positive changes in the lives of clients, and many counsellors enjoy the flexibility to set their own hours and tailor their work approach to suit their professional style and client needs.

Counsellors earn between $90,000 and $105,000 a year.

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate of Counselling
Graduate Certificate of Counselling
Delivered in a flexible online format, this can be a pathway to the Master of Counselling, which has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Graduate Certificate 6 months 3 Units
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice
  • Theories and Techniques in Counselling
  • The Role of the Counsellor
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
100% online and accredited, this course will expand your counselling skills and deepen your knowledge and theoretical understanding of trauma, loss and grief, and its impact on people's lives.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
  • Counselling Theory and Approaches
  • Core Counselling Skills
  • Principles of Ethical Conduct in Counselling
  • Diversity Inclusion Respect
  • Introduction to Placement and Supervision
  • Counselling Skills in Practice
  • Loss, Grief and Trauma in Counselling
  • Placement A - Putting It All into Practice
Master of Counselling
Master of Counselling
100% online and accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), this course provides advanced, evidence-based counselling knowledge and skills for professionals.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
  • Foundations of counselling practice
  • Theories and techniques in counselling
  • The role of the counsellor
  • Ethics in counselling
  • Counselling in a digital world
  • Trauma informed counselling
  • Child and adolescent counselling
  • Counselling at the cultural interface: Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples and practice
  • Mental health counselling
  • Advanced theories and techniques in counselling
  • Plus Professional Placement

Mostly C’s: Psychologist

Did you answer mostly C’s? If you’re interested in studying the human mind, a role as a psychologist might be a rewarding career path to consider.

Employing scientific methods, psychologists study human behaviour and the factors that shape it. They work with clients using a variety of therapies and interventions to help them effectively manage their challenges. Psychologists diagnose disorders, develop treatment plans, administer tests and conduct interviews.

A typical psychologist’s salary in Australia is $103,000 a year.

There are also specialist psychologists, including:

  • forensic psychologists, who assist people in the justice system
  • sports psychologists, who work with athletes to help enhance performance and manage anxiety
  • educational psychologists, who predominantly focus on treating young people
  • organisational psychologists, who work with corporations to assist with recruitment and professional development

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate of Psychology
Graduate Certificate of Psychology
100% online, this course can provide the pathway towards being a registered psychologist, without a bachelor's degree.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
  • Psychological Science of Wellbeing
  • Psychological Development and Diversity in Childhood
  • Psychological Development and Diversity in Adulthood
  • Psychological Science of Human Social Behaviour
  • Psychological Science of Human Information Processing
  • Neuroscience and Human Behaviour
  • Correlational Research Design and Analysis
  • Experimental Research Design and Analysis
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)
100% online and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) this course is a pathway for those considering changing their career to become a psychologist.
Graduate Diploma 20 months 10 Units
  • Social Psychology
  • Individual Differences in Personality
  • The Psychology of Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Psychological Disorders and Interventions
  • Learning, Memory Cognition and Language
  • Neuroscience and the Biological Bases of Behaviour
  • Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Futures
  • Principles of Counselling
  • Research and Statistics for Psychology
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)
100% online and informed by the latest APA Guidelines, this course provides a pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 6 Units
  • Psychological Science Career Readiness
  • Advanced Professional Skills and Ethical Issues in Psychology
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment and Intervention
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Research Project A
  • Research Project B

Mostly D’s: Public health worker

Did you answer mostly D’s? If you’re interested in addressing broader health issues and making a difference to large populations, consider a career in public health.

Unlike most careers in healthcare, public healthcare professionals don’t provide direct patient care but focus on improving the lives of entire populations. They work in a variety of areas, including sexual health, Indigenous health, education, exercise and nutrition, and vaccination and immunisation.

Public health is a broad and varied area of practice, and public health jobs include researchers and research assistants, epidemiologists, academics, health promotion officers and policy advisors.

Because of the diversity of professions, public healthcare professionals can gain work in a variety of settings and work individually or in teams with other health and policy professionals.

Those working in the public health space can earn between approximately $90,000 and $160,000 a year.

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Graduate Certificate in Public Health
Award winning study model, delivered 100% online, this course will equip you with the foundational knowledge and skills to pursue a career in public health practice.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1
  • Public Health in Practice
  • Culture and Society in Public Health
Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Graduate Diploma in Public Health
Delivered 100% online and informed by leading academics and researchers, this course is designed for professionals who are looking to develop specialist knowledge and skills in order to improve health programs at a local, national or global level.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
  • Foundations in Public Health
  • Indigenous Public Health
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Fundamentals of Biostatistics
  • Fundamentals of Qualitative Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Plus electives
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health
Prepare for a dynamic career working across a wide range of fields with a Master of Public Health.
Master's 18 months 12 Units
  • Research Planning
  • Research Project in Health
  • Epidemiology and Principles of Research
  • Ecological Public Health
  • Health Promotion Principles
  • Policy and Public Health
  • Plus Electives

Mostly E’s: Health leader or manager

Did you answer mostly E’s? If you find the idea of leading and overseeing the smooth running of health facilities, a health leader or manager could be a suitable career path for you.

Health managers and leaders work in a range of settings. Leaders in healthcare are needed to manage hospital nursing units, community health services, allied health practices, Indigenous health services, aged-care facilities and other clinical settings.

Health leadership typically focuses on setting the strategy, inspiring teams and driving organisational change. Health management concentrates on the day-to-day operational aspects and implementing strategies.

Both health leaders and managers lead complex and multidisciplinary teams and engage with a range of stakeholders. They often manage budgets, abide by legislative requirements and apply their research skills to solve complex problems.

Healthcare leaders and managers typically earn between $90,000 to $130,000 a year.

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership
Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership
Delivered online and designed to build your knowledge to meet the challenges of leadership in multidisciplinary and complex healthcare delivery. You’ll extend your knowledge in evidence based-care, and learn how to lead teams of health professionals in Australia’s healthcare systems.
Graduate Certificate 8 months 4 Units
  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Strategic Planning and Management in Healthcare
  • Envisioning Health Systems, Policies and Practices
  • Governance and Accountability in Healthcare
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
Graduate Diploma in Nursing Majoring in Leadership & Management
100% online, the leadership and management major has 8 specialised units, designed to prepare you to lead nursing practice and optimise patient outcomes in a hospital setting.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Ethics and Health Management
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Informatics for Health Professionals
  • Business and Finance for the Health Manager
  • Conflict and Dispute Resolution in Healthcare
  • Synthesising Evidence for Healthcare
Master of Medical Science Leadership
Master of Medical Science Leadership
100% online, this is the first master's degree designed for medical scientists that combines leadership and innovation.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
  • Precision Medicine
  • Innovations in Medical Scence
  • Science and Big Data
  • Shaping Policies for the Future
  • Communicating Science and Vision
  • Public engagement with Health Data
  • High Performance Science Leadership
  • Leading People and Change
  • Capstone (Leadership in Action)
  • Plus Electives

Mostly F’s: Mental health worker

Did you answer mostly F’s? If you are drawn to helping individuals overcome their challenges in practical ways, you could make a great mental health worker.

Mental health workers engage with a variety of individuals, families and clinicians in a range of community and mental health services.

As a mental health worker, you might draw on your nursing or social work background to evaluate client needs, deliver counselling, refer them to services, and monitor their progress. Mental health workers also play a role in developing mental health services.

Mental health workers earn between $70,000 and $120,000 a year depending on their responsibilities, experience and qualifications.

The courses below are listed by qualification level, from lowest to highest.

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
Explore the factors influencing mental health in a modern society and respond to the growing need for professionals by studying this Graduate Certificate in Mental Health. 
Graduate Certificate 12 months 4 Units
  • Introduction to Psychosocial Aspects of Mental Health
  • Reflective and Resilient Practice in Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Change and Intervention
  • Interdisciplinary Practice in Mental Health
Graduate Diploma of Mental Health
Graduate Diploma of Mental Health
100% online, this course includes the latest industry standards and gives you the opportunity to learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics.
Graduate Diploma 16 months 8 Units
  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Building a Professional Portfolio
  • Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
Master of Mental Health
Master of Mental Health
Designed by mental health experts, this course is delivered 100% online and will help you build a comprehensive mental health practice, based on research and evidence, trauma-informed care, and collaboration across mental health services.
Master's 24 months 12 Units
  • Recovery Oriented Mental Health​
  • Biopsychosocial and Cultural Perspectives in Mental Health​
  • Effective Trauma-Informed Care
  • Mental Health Foundations
  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Mental Health​
  • Mental Health in Later Life
  • Systems Thinking in Public Health
  • Psychological Therapies​​
  • Evidence and Research for Practice
  • Perspectives on Addictive Behaviours​
  • Assessment in Mental Health​
  • Research Project​
  • Plus Electives

The importance of knowing what healthcare job is right for you

Recruitment expert Lauren Karan is the CEO and Founder of Karan & Co. She says when considering your career, it’s important to understand your skills, characteristics, ambitions and what makes you feel good at work.

Gallup has done industry-leading research that tells us employees are six times more likely to be engaged in their job and report increased wellbeing when they can use their strengths at work,” Lauren says. She adds that a strength isn’t always something you’re good at. “A strength is something we enjoy and where we feel in a state of flow when we do it.

“How many of those activities do you do in your current role? Document it over a week, and build an idea of what you enjoy. You’ll gain insights into a career you’ll love.”

Take a step towards your new healthcare career

So, what did you get in our career quiz? Are you ready to move into public health, or perhaps it’s time to study counselling? Maybe our healthcare job quiz reveals a health leadership career is in your future. Whatever the results, we’re here to get you there.

At GlobalHealth Education, we help professionals propel their healthcare careers forward. Explore the nursing, counselling, psychology, public health, mental health and leadership courses available through GlobalHealth Education’s university partners.