The information sector employs nearly 1.6 million people, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
There are about 18,000 people in the industry who are employed as a registered nurse.
In contrast, the nursing profession employs about 2.4 million people.
It’s important to note that the figures are for nurses and are not a reflection of the average workforce.
The ATS says a registered nursing job in the Australian information sector has a median annual salary of $74,800.
The average salary of a registered professional nurse (RPN) is $69,300.
The number of registered nurses working in the sector is expected to grow to around 3 million by 2021, up from about 2 million today.
According to the ABS, about 30 per cent of registered nurse positions are currently filled by graduates.
However, the Australian Medical Association has criticised the way that the profession is being advertised, saying that the job market is already dominated by graduates who are only interested in working in a short-term, low-paying position.
The AMA’s Australian Medical Council said the industry is struggling to attract qualified applicants.
“It’s a big problem and we think that it needs to be addressed,” AMA chief executive, Dr Chris Kupers, told news.com-au.
“[We] would argue that if we’re really interested in people we need to start offering more permanent jobs in a longer-term or long-term career.”
The AMA says the current recruitment system for nursing jobs is flawed.
It says a recruitment process based on a one-size-fits-all approach is not realistic.
As well as being paid for a one year contract, nurses must be offered a five-year contract and have a minimum of two years of experience before they can be hired as a nurse.
The AAS has said it will continue to promote nurses in the future, but for now, they are focusing on the recruitment of nurses who have been through the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
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