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Canadian Healthcare Occupations in Demand

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: September 2, 2020 Category: Blog

Healthcare professionals have always been important to any country. In Canada, an aging population has contributed to an increased demand for healthcare professionals. This year, the COVID19 pandemic has further made people realize the value of essential healthcare workers.

Canada’s Job Bank is a great tool for anyone interested in learning about a job's prospects. The Job Bank states that many healthcare-related occupations generally have a positive career outlook in the near future. Most healthcare occupations have regulations. Therefore, you should check with your respective province and regulatory body for more information.

Continue reading to find out more about healthcare jobs in demand.

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1. Registered Nurses

Registered Nurses (RN) provide nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding nursing practices. They can work in a variety of places such as clinics, agencies, private homes or even be self-employed. Above all, the majority of RNs work in hospitals.

The Job Bank indicates that the job outlook for RNs in Alberta is good while the outlook in Saskatchewan is fair. The median salary for RNs is $44.90 and $44 per hour, respectively. Currently, there are approximately 40,150 RNs in Alberta and 11,550 in Saskatchewan. We can expect stable employment with several positions becoming available in the near future due to retirements as well.

2. Pharmacist

Pharmacists dispense prescribed pharmaceuticals and provide consultation services with clients and health care providers. The majority of pharmacists generally work in retail and health centre pharmacies.

Canada's Job Bank indicates that the career outlook for Pharmacist is good in Saskatchewan and fair in Alberta. This is because employment growth and retirements will result in several new pharmacist positions opening up in the near future. There are currently about 6,750 Pharmacists in Alberta and 1,600 in Saskatchewan. In addition, their median salary is $111,536/year and $109,108/year in Alberta and Saskatchewan respectively.

3. Dietitian

Dietitians implement and oversee nutrition and food service programs. They generally work in a variety of places; for example, care facilities, educational institutions, sports organizations, and the food and beverage industry. It is common for Dietitians to work in Ambulatory health care services or hospitals.

The job outlook for Dietitians is considered good in Saskatchewan and fair in Alberta. This is because employment growth and retirement will lead to new positions in both provinces. Data from May 2015 claim there are about 400 Dietitians in Saskatchewan and 1350 in Alberta. Furthermore, the median earnings for Dietitians are $39/hour and $45.42/hour in Saskatchewan and Alberta respectively.

4. Dental Hygienist

Dental Hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and services aimed to promote oral health. They generally work in dentist offices, health clinics or they are self-employed.

The Job Bank indicates good job prospects for Dental Hygienists across the country. The positive outlooks are a result of both new available positions being created and retirements. Moreover, the median wage is for a Dental Hygienist is $53/hour in Alberta and $41 in Saskatchewan.

5. Medical Doctor

Medical Doctors are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat disease, physiological disorders and injuries of patients. Furthermore, the majority of Medical Doctors work in ambulatory health care services and hospitals.

The outlook for Medical Doctors is good across the country. In fact,  Job Bank expects a labour shortage in the near future. The specific salaries for Medical Doctors in Alberta and Saskatchewan are unavailable. However, the median salary for a Medical Doctor throughout Canada is $211,934 a year.

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