Opportunities in the Health Care Industry


As an economy of any other developed country, the Canadian economy heavily relies on the sector of services, which makes up more than ¾ of the country’s GDP. In the sector of services, the Canadian health care industry is the second-largest industry among others, amounting to more than 7% of the country’s GDP – the only industry with a higher share of the GDP in the sector of services is the real estate, rental and leasing industry.

Considering that the Canadian population is aging and the health care system is publicly funded, which are the cause of overcrowded hospitals and the decreasing ratio of doctors/nurses per patient, there are great prospects of employment in the health care industry of Canada.

Why should you choose the health care industry?

Jobs in the sphere of health care typically dominate most of the rankings in professional Canadian newspapers and magazines. The increased demand for skilled medical professionals can be depicted quite easily: whereas the unemployment rate in all industries, save the health care industry, varies between 7% and 13% on the average, the rate of unemployment stands between 1.3% and 2.6% for health care. So, there is no surprise that it is far easier to find a job in this industry, if you wish to move to Canada.

What has to be completed?

Even though the demand for such skilled workers in the health care sphere is high, Canada’s health care system is heavily regulated, which means that all immigrants willing to work in this industry have to be accredited by the Canadian regulating bodies, even if their knowledge and skills are internationally recognized and they don’t lack practical experience.

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Nursing is a profession among the most demanded in Canada

In 2009, the federal government of Canada invested in the promotion of programs, aimed to help foreign professionals get a job in Canada and be adapted to the conditions of work in Canada. The professions that have to be accredited by the regulating bodies include physicians, pharmacy technicians, medical lab technologists, therapists, physiotherapists, and nurses.

What medical professionals are the most demanded in Canada?

There are several medical professions that constantly top the lists of the most wanted professions in Canada. The first such profession is the occupation of dental assistants. Keep in mind that dental care is completely private in Canada is either paid by recipients of these medical services or covered by the additional health insurance. According to the Association of Canadian Dental Assistants, dental assistants earn between $15 and $25 per hour. The job of dental assistants is to deal with patients before and after they meet a dentist, as well as to help dentists carry out complicated procedures.

The second category of the most sought-after workers is medical technologists. In the era of the commonplace IT, it is not a surprise that medicine is getting more and more integrated with IT. Medical technologists possess both IT and medical skills, and they can expect to be paid between $40,000 and $80,000 per year.

Another category of workers in constant demand is nurses. This profession is quite exhausting and demanding, yet there is a constant shortage of nurses in Canada. They can expect to earn between $70,000 and $85,000 per year.

The last category of highly demanded workers is physiotherapists. Actually, their work is dealing with patients suffering from limited ability, injuries, and pain. On the average, they receive between $30 and $50 per hour.


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