4 Healthcare Careers With Quick Training and Steady Demand

Looking for a meaningful role in the fast-growing field of healthcare? Eager to avoid spending years in school?

Good news: there are several healthcare careers that offer solid employment outlooks but require minimal training.

This post examines four such careers: health care aide, community support worker, medical office assistant, and medical lab assistant.

All of these careers take 12 months or less of training and have projected growth rates of at least 20% across Manitoba.

Keep reading to explore each of these healthcare careers and see which path may be right for you.



Health care aides help clients who have trouble carrying out essential everyday tasks.

Those tasks can include things like eating, bathing, moving around, getting dressed, and remembering to take medications.

HCAs typically work with seniors. However, they can assist people of any age who have disabilities or injuries.

Herzing graduate Sheri Richard is an HCA at a long-term care home in Winnipeg. She supports residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“We facilitate activities, take residents on walks, provide companionship, and help soothe residents when they’re feeling anxious.

I absolutely love this work. What I’m doing really makes a difference.”


Training Requirements: Health care aide training generally takes less than 6 months. Students learn how to provide home care and how to support clients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities.

Your courses will cover topics like:

☑️ Anatomy and physiology

☑️ Infection control

☑️ Nutrition and meal preparation

☑️ Assisting with patient hygiene

☑️ Supporting dying patients and their families

☑️ Safely moving patients with and without equipment


Career Outlook: According to Manitoba government estimates, the province should see 5,200 job openings for home care aides between 2019 and 2025.

That represents a job growth rate of 30%

Explore the Health Care Aide Program



Community support workers help vulnerable people access the tools and services they need to improve their lives.

CSWs support a wide range of at-risk populations, such as:

☑️ Refugees

☑️ Homeless individuals

☑️ Victims of violence and abuse

☑️ People suffering from poor mental health

☑️ People struggling with addiction

☑️ Newcomers to Canada


CSWs assess each client’s situation and connect them with appropriate community resources, such as crisis intervention, detox programs, emergency shelters, or vocational counselling.

Their role is to provide both practical support and compassionate care.


Training Requirements: Community support worker training can be completed in under 12 months.

You can expect to learn about:

☑️ Common mental health disorders and therapies

☑️ Interviewing and counselling

☑️ What social service resources exist in your area

☑️ Psychology and sociology

☑️ Human development


Chika Modozie graduated from Herzing’s CSW program and now works in an outreach unit with the Winnipeg Police Service. She says the training has been very helpful.

“We learned how to recognize and approach people who are struggling with poor mental health. We also got first aid response training, to understand what to do in cases of emergency.

This is directly relevant to the work I do as an officer, and the connections I strive to make with people from all walks of life.”


Career Outlook: The Manitoba government expects jobs for community support workers to grow by 27% between 2019 and 2025.

Around 2,100 community support worker jobs should become available over that timeframe.

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Medical office assistants keep a medical office running smoothly by carrying out a mix of clerical and clinical tasks.

They handle front-desk responsibilities like answering phones, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, and updating patient charts.

They can also measure vital signs, gather lab samples, prep exam rooms, and help with minor surgery.

Amalia Aplaon graduated from the MOA program at Herzing and now works at a community health centre in Winnipeg.

“My responsibilities include answering phones, rooming clients, checking and sorting faxes, booking appointments, doing hand hygiene audits, encoding/updating immunization records, and ensuring the security of the facility at the end of the day.”


Training Requirements: Medical office assistant training runs for about 12 months.

In this program, you will learn about:

☑️ Anatomy and physiology

☑️ Medical office software

☑️ Managing patient records

☑️ Processing medical billing

☑️ Assisting during patient exams


Career Outlook: Job opportunities for medical office assistants are projected to grow by 32% from 2019 to 2025, according to the Manitoba government.

That translates into 600 openings for MOAs across the province.

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Medical lab assistants collect, prepare, and process biological samples (like blood and tissue) from patients.

They might handle samples obtained by nurses or doctors, or draw samples directly from patients.

Medical lab assistants label and log the specimens, get them ready for testing, and prepare them to be stored or transported.

They also run routine tests and set up and maintain lab equipment.


Training Requirements: Medical lab assistant training is one of the quickest routes to a healthcare career.

Training typically takes no more than 6 months. Herzing’s Medical Laboratory Assistant program is just 4 months long.

In this program, you will learn about:

☑️ Anatomy and physiology

☑️ Computer skills

☑️ Collecting and preparing specimens

☑️ Common testing procedures

☑️ Staying safe in the lab


The training will also prepare you to write the certification exam from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).


Career Outlook: Medical lab assistants in Manitoba should enjoy employment growth of 22% between 2019 and 2025, according to provincial government estimates.

About 200 job openings for medical lab assistants are expected to emerge over the next few years.

Explore the Medical Lab Assistant Program



Herzing College Winnipeg offers short, practical programs that will prepare you for a variety of in-demand healthcare careers.

All of our healthcare programs include internships, so you can get real-world experience even before you graduate.

Need more details? An Admissions Advisor can walk you through each program and help you determine which one suits you best.

Click below to explore Herzing’s healthcare programs and chat live with an Advisor. We’re here to help!

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