Health and Social Care

If you’re looking for a career that is both challenging and rewarding, health and social care has plenty to choose from. It’s the second biggest industry in Greater Manchester employing over 177,000 people in a wide variety of roles, so you’re sure to find a job that suits your passions, interests and skills.

As well as earning an average salary of around £30,000 per year, you’ll also get to help people every single day – doing what exactly is entirely up to you! Nurses and care workers are always in constant demand, or you could focus on social work careers, such as becoming a youth worker, occupational therapist or social services manager.

Top Career Opportunities

Health Psychologist

Average salary: £40k

Nursery nurses and assistants

Average salary: £16k

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Healthcare practice manager

Average salary: £29k

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Social worker

Average salary: £35k

Top Job (By Salary) Number of Jobs in 2016 Number of Job in 2020 Average Salary
Social services managers and directors 5,121 5,191 £49,169
Midwives 5,302 5,543 £37,039
Health care practice managers 2,546 2,643 £35,394
Nurses 78,537 81,764 £34,542
Social workers 8,460 8,463 £32,588
Health professionals 5,011 5,185 £32,307
Occupational therapists 3,514 3,663 £29,377
Housing officers 5,938 6,182 £28,432
Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics) 1,889 1,979 £27,545
Youth and community workers 7,485 7,642 £26,862
Welfare and housing associate professionals 14,969 15,409 £24,059
Nursing assistants 41,126 42,832 £20,511
Senior care workers 9,407 9,743 £19,356
Care workers and home carers 100,599 104,934 £15,507

Jobs Figures, 2016 - 20

There are predicted to be 10,280 new jobs with an estimated 14,614 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for health & social care related occupations is £29,031 per year.

Health and Social Care

There’s arguably no greater reward in life than helping another person.

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