Top 5 In-Demand Healthcare Careers

Are you considering a job in healthcare? Maybe you already work in healthcare, and you are thinking about upgrading your training or going into a different field? There are so many options that you could chose from, but what should you choose?

Caring Support has done some research for you, and we have determined what the top five in-demand healthcare careers are in Canada right now, what their salaries are, and what the job stability is for that field going forward. Read on to see what we discovered!

What are the top 5 in-demand healthcare careers in Canada?

1. Registered Nurse (RN)

This position is possibly the most in-demand position in the country and is expected to face extreme labour shortages over the period of 2019 – 2028. During that time frame, new job openings are expected to total or exceed 191,100 open jobs, while there are estimated to only be 154,600 new graduates to fill them (Government of Canada, 2021). With job openings as numerous as what is listed, this means you can get your education, relocate to anywhere in the country, and still be able to find a well-paying job in your field.

When it comes to wages for registered nurses, you will find that it varies in each province, however, the average cross Canada low end wage is $26.28 per hour and the average high-end wage is $48.37 per hour.

Ready to apply to a nursing program in Ontario? Caring Support can help point you in the right direction.

2. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

Much like the RN occupation, Licensed Practical Nurses are in high demand across the country and will be facing the same labour shortages as the RN occupation. For licensed practical nurses, over the period 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 33,500, while 28,000 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration, and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

Licensed Practical Nurses can expect to make an average of $22.00/hour - $33.23/hour, depending on skills and experience.

3. Personal Support Worker (Home Support Workers)

Right now, the demand for Personal Support Workers (also can be known as Home Support Workers) is so high that there are colleges offering free tuition for students to take this program and help fill the numerous open positions across Canada.

The average personal support worker salary in Canada is $37,050 a year, which equals $19 per hour. Like it happens in every other career, entry-level workers with one to four years' experience make less money, around $34,000, while workers with more than 10 years of seniority make more, around $45,000.

Caring Support has many articles dedicated to providing you with all the information you need to go after a career as a PSW.

4. Medical Administrative Assistant

Medical Administrative Assistants can be found at the front desk of most healthcare clinics, hospitals, and other medical settings. While a shortage is expected to arise in the next decade, labour supply and labour demand are expected to be in-line with position available Canada-wide.

When you are just starting out as a Medical Administrative Assistant, low end wages will be inline with minimum wage, however, as your skills and competencies increase your wages could increase up to and average of $28.89/hour or more, depending on where in the country you decide to pursue your career.

5. Occupational Therapist

For Occupational Therapists & other professional occupations in therapy and assessment, over the period of 2019-2028, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 11,800 , while only 9,600 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

After completing a university degree in occupational therapy including supervised fieldwork required for graduation from an occupational therapy program approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), you can expect your starting wage to be, on average, $31.25/hour and an average of $49.63/hour or more once you have more experience.  

Where can you find more information about healthcare jobs in Canada?

That’s easy. On the Caring Support website. The Caring Support blog is here to help you with informative and educational articles written for all healthcare workers on every part of your healthcare career journey.  You can also gain more information and hear captivating interviews with other healthcare professionals on the Caring Support Podcast which can be found wherever you listen to podcasts.

Once you are ready to begin your search for your new healthcare career, Caring Support is here to help you make that process quick and easy with our mobile friendly healthcare job search platform. We even have a built in resume builder to help you quickly and easily create a fully customizable resume for FREE with your Caring Support account.

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