One of the most resilient industries in Canada is the healthcare industry. This is largely because Canada like most developed countries has a large aging population and as they grow older they will require most help. In an article the Macleans publication went even further to suggest that the healthcare industry may be immune to unemployment.
They give a fascinating account of a woman who quickly switched careers when she found herself suddenly unemployed:
As an ecological field researcher with British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Sonya Powell had a dependable, though segmented, career. Seasonal contracts put her in the woods each summer, surveying tree life for $20 to $25 an hour; in the winters, she taught geography classes at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Gaps between jobs were her vacation time, she chuckles.
That was before the global economic downturn led to the collapse of the forestry sector. In the summer of 2009, Powell couldn’t find her usual contracts. Remembering the health problems of the isolated communities she had passed through in the summers, she enrolled in an accelerated 20-month nursing program at UBC designed for students in their second careers. It paid off: She landed not one, but two nursing jobs when she graduated.
I started almost the next day,” says the 36-year-old, who now works full-time at one of them, the safe-injection centre Insite, in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. There, she does immunizations, screens patients and is mentoring a nursing student. “I really love my job,” she says. It also happens to pay around $31 an hour—far more than she earned in forestry.
As Canada’s resource jobs recover from the slowdown, health care appears to be one of the rare recession-proof industries where employment is virtually guaranteed for new grads.
Over the past two years, health care has been among the biggest drivers of job growth. Jobs in the health care and social assistance sectors were up seven per cent (representing 93,000 new positions). That pace will only quicken as Canada’s population ages. Nurses, support staff and therapists are all expected to be in demand.
You can read the full article here: Healthcare Industry Immune
So, what type of careers can you pursue, if you decided to switch careers or if you find yourself suddenly unemployed? Below are 5 healthcare jobs that you might not have thought of before that may provide immunity to future unemployment.
- Crisis Counsellors
Average Starting Salary: $43,429
Crisis counsellors work in a specialized field within mental health counselling. They are responsible for short-term mental healthcare, offering patient assessments and counselling following a traumatic or emotionally intensive experience.
Counsellors must be registered with a provincially-recognized regulatory body in clinical psychology or clinical social work, typically following a Bachelor’s or diploma in a related field.
- Medical Technologist
Average Starting Salary: $48,000
Medical Technologists examine and analyze body fluids. Some of their tasks may include matching blood for transfusions, drug tests, and identifying abnormalities in blood and bodily fluids. Medical Technologists are usually required to have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
Related to Medical technologists are medical assistants. Medical assistant work in a variety of capacities helping Medical technologist with their tasks. Similar position exist also in Pharmacies where Pharmacy assistants help both Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technologist in their day to day activities.
Here is a short video from Peter to recently graduated as a Pharmacy Assistant from Medix College in Toronto.
Now for the remaining 3 healthcare jobs you might want to consider:
Average Starting Salary: $41,000
Emergency Medical Technicians, or Paramedics, are medical professionals trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries, and accidents. In Canada, training/education requirements vary province-to-province. Some are as short as six months (BC), and others can be as extensive as 2 to 4 years (Ontario/Alberta).
- Dental Hygienist
Average Starting Salary: $56,000
Dental hygienists can work independently, but they typically work alongside dentists. They remove hard/soft deposits on teeth, and educate patients on oral health care, with particular focus on prevention and treatment of oral disease.
Dental hygienists in Canada must have completed a diploma program (1-3 years) and must be certified by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB).
- Massage Therapist
Average Starting Salary: $42,000
Massage therapists are typically either self-employed or employed by massage therapy/chiropractic clinics. They assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions via massage technique.
In Canada, only four provinces regulate the profession (Ontario, BC, Newfoundland and New Brunswick). In Ontario, the College of Massage Therapists in Ontario (CMTO) sets a level of 2,200 practise hours.
You can read the full article here: 15 Healthcare Jobs To Consider
Being unemployed is one of the most stressful experience a person can ever have. If you are looking for a new, secure and promising career, then consider the healthcare industry. For the near foreseeable future the Canadian healthcare industry will provide job security.