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Industry Trends: Healthcare

The fourth episode of our industry employment outlook series looks at Healthcare. Healthcare careers are, hands down, some of the most in-demand careers in Canada at the moment, and private and government forecasts repeatedly point to projected shortages of skilled workers.

Healthcare training in Toronto prepares you to take part in an employment boom. The baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age and, with medical technology continuously improving, they are expected to live longer than previous generations. Indeed, the boomers remain the single largest block of people in Canada, and are entering the age category that makes them most in need of medical services, from assisted living facilities to community care workers and regular medical testing at hospitals and clinics.

While some baby-boomers choose to retire, freeing up jobs in every industry, others are taking advantage of the healthcare improvements available to them to start a second or third career. Regardless, an aging population means more patients in Canada’s healthcare system. All these changes mean more people are needed to fill the new roles that are created.

This shift doesn’t just mean more jobs, but more money. Healthcare administrative professionals, in particular, are projected to exceed the 3% average salary increase Canadians are expected to get in 2013. Wondering how to get started in hospital administration? The Health Unit Coordinator program trains you in the skills to run hospital and out-patient wards.

If you’d rather capitalize on employment trends with a role that lets you work more directly with patients, you might try PSW courses. PSWs (Personal Support Workers) assist the elderly and disabled in their homes and care facilities. These, alongside many other healthcare specializations, are part of the high-demand employment boom and are structured to give you the skills that employers are looking for.

Would you like to work hands-on with patients, or work in an administrative role to help keep a busy clinic or hospital running?

 

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