The new career choice is ...

Forget about going to the mines or pursuing a career in IT.

Latest figures from TAFE South Western Sydney Institute's (SWSi) 2008 to 2013 enrolments revealed a significant increase in the number of people wanting to pursue a career in the health and community sectors.

In 2008, the Granville-basedTAFE enrolled 2337 students in community services and 802 students in health services.

In 2013, enrolments figures increased with 4188 students enrolled in community services and 1175 in health services.

This year, TAFE SWSi is expecting more than 4000 students to enrol in courses that could lead to careers as nurses, aged care workers and disability carers.

Community, Health, Hospitality and Service Skills faculty director Christine Manwarring said the enrolment boom was in line with the growing number of job opportunities in these sectors.

"South western Sydney is on the verge of a massive expansion in the health and community services sector, with a growing number of families and older people settling in the region," Ms Manwarring said.

"According to the federal Department of Employment, Australia's heath care and social assistance sector will grow by 13 per cent by November 2017, creating 178,087 new jobs.

"As Sydney's fastest growing region, we'd expect that thousands of these new jobs will be located right here in south-western Sydney."

Merrylands resident Abir El-Ahmadie is one of thousands of people pursuing a career in the health sector.

The 18-year-old completed her Certificate IV in Disability at TAFE SWSi and is currently working as a disability support worker.

Ms El-Ahmadie said her desire to help people that drew her to the health sector.

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