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Alternative Jobs in Healthcare

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: February 12, 2020 Category: Blog Employment

When we generally think about careers in the healthcare sector, we often think about regulated occupations such as Doctors, Nurses, or Dentists. These professions are highly regulated to protect public health and safety. However, these regulations often prove to be barriers for those interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare sector. This may be especially true for internationally trained professionals who are having difficulties getting their foreign credentials recognized. Fortunately, healthcare is a large sector containing plenty of alternative jobs available. In this blog, we will explore some great alternative jobs in the healthcare sector.

Alternative Jobs for Doctors:

Health Educators teach people how to lead a healthy lifestyle. They give presentations or workshops in order to pass on information about important health-related issues. This is a job which does involve a bit of training and education, as you will be informing the public with crucial information.

Public Health Inspectors ensure public safety by examining public facilities, workplaces, and restaurants for hazards. The role is important as a Public Health Inspector’s finding could prevent serious injuries in the public. Places which fail the inspections could be fined or closed if the infractions are severe enough.

Personal Support Workers help their patients with daily tasks which may be difficult to perform due to illness, injury, age, or any other reason which may prevent someone from caring for themselves. This may mean working in a long-term care facility or directly at a client’s home. Personal Support Workers will become increasingly important as the number of Canadians above the age of 65 increase.

Alternative Jobs for Nurses:

Early Childhood Educator Assistants work with infants, toddlers, and young children. They provide support and encouragement for children who are in their care. Generally, Early Childhood Educator Assistants will work from public or school settings such as daycare or community centers. Tasks may include helping children eat and use the toilet, playing games, or leading activities.

Blood Donor Clinic Assistants help clients who want to donate blood. They ensure that clients are eligible to give blood and that the conditions are safe during the procedure. Their work is also vital for maintaining equipment and keeping records.

Nurse Aides and nurses work together to provide patients with hands-on care. Nurse Aides generally work from hospitals or health care facilities. Tasks may include caring, feeding, and lifting patients whenever required.

Alternative Jobs for Dentists:

Dental Assistants are important for dentists to perform their tasks properly. The Dental Assistant will prepare patients for dental procedures. They also maintain the cleanliness of the room and equipment while also performing some administrative duties to ensure the dental clinic is running smoothly.

Dental Laboratory Bench Workers make dentures and molds, although they generally do not work directly with patients. They may work from a dental laboratory and assist a dental technician.

Dental Receptionists are in charge of greeting clients at the dentist’s office. Administrative duties such as scheduling appointments and other tasks may be required of the Dental Receptionist to ensure that the office runs smoothly.

More from Career Loans

Stay tuned to the Career Loans blog throughout February as we will look at more alternative jobs in different sectors.

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