If you’re hoping for an in-demand job in health care but don’t want to spend four-plus years in university, we have some good news.
Many of the fastest-growing roles in Canada’s healthcare system require no more than a college certificate or diploma.
So which ones show the most promise, you ask?
To find out, we looked at data from the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC). That revealed which healthcare jobs had the highest rates of growth during 2021, as measured by the percentage increase in the number of online job postings compared to the previous year.
Then we narrowed the list down to those careers that don’t require a degree.
To help you even more, we collected national and regional salary information for each of those careers, as noted by the Government of Canada Job Bank.
Keep reading to discover five of the hottest healthcare careers in the country right now.
1. MEDICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANTS
Medical laboratory assistants (MLAs) collect tissue, blood, and other samples from patients.
MLAs make sure all specimens are sorted and labelled properly. They carry out basic tests like blood typing and prepare samples for further analysis by a medical laboratory technologist.
MLAs are also responsible for stocking lab supplies and maintaining and sterilizing lab equipment.
A short college-level training program can get you started as a medical laboratory assistant. Programs typically range from four months to one year long.
While it isn’t required, becoming certified through the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) can boost your employment prospects.
☑️ Rate of growth from 2020 to 2021: 119 per cent
☑️ Median salary in Canada: $57,100
☑️ Regions with highest median pay: Ontario ($60,300); Quebec ($60,300); Newfoundland and Labrador ($60,300)
2. MEDICAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGISTS
Medical radiation technologists operate specialized equipment to create diagnostic images of the inside of the body.
Those images include x-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasounds, mammograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs), and more.
These technologists also administer radiation therapy to cancer patients.
To get into this field, start by completing an accredited diploma program. This takes two to three years.
Once you graduate, you must pass the certification exam from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT).
☑️ Rate of growth from 2020 to 2021: 117 per cent
☑️ Median salary in Canada: $74,900
☑️ Regions with highest median pay: Alberta ($87,800); B.C. ($80,100); Ontario ($78,500)
3. MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGISTS
Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) perform advanced tests on biological specimens and ensure the results are accurate.
For instance, they analyze hemoglobin levels to check for anemia, examine tissues for signs of cancer, and study cardiac enzymes to assess damage from a heart attack.
They also run quality control checks on lab instruments and make sure everything is working correctly before conducting any tests.
Becoming an MLT requires completing a two-to-three-year college program in medical laboratory technology. You must also pass the CSMLS certification exam.
☑️ Rate of growth from 2020 to 2021: 100 per cent
☑️ Median salary in Canada: $72,800
☑️ Regions with highest median pay: Alberta ($89,400); Ontario ($80,300); Saskatchewan ($76,200)
4. LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
Known as registered practical nurses in Ontario, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) provide front-line care for patients in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and other settings.
They measure vital signs, administer medications, monitor and document patient progress, and provide health information to patients and families.
Unlike registered nurses, LPNs do not require a degree. They typically deal with stable, less complex cases that have more predictable outcomes.
To become an LPN, you need to complete a two-year diploma program and pass the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE).
☑️ Rate of growth from 2020 to 2021: 71 per cent
☑️ Median salary in Canada: $58,200☑️ Regions with highest median pay: Saskatchewan ($74,900); Manitoba ($66,600); Alberta ($61,900)
5. DENTAL TECHNICIANS AND TECHNOLOGISTS
Dental techs design and produce a wide variety of oral health devices, such as crowns, bridges, dentures, retainers, orthodontic bands, and bite plates.
They take plaster molds of patients’ mouths and use 3D printers and other specialized tools to create customized devices.
You can get into this career with a college diploma. Dental technology programs are generally two to three years long.
Most provinces also require dental techs to pass a licensing exam.
☑️ Rate of growth from 2020 to 2021: 67 per cent
☑️ Median salary in Canada: $50,000
☑️ Regions with highest median pay: Ontario ($52,000); Alberta ($52,000); B.C. ($52,000)
GET CAREER-FOCUSED HEALTHCARE TRAINING
Herzing College offers a variety of practical programs designed to prepare you for growing career opportunities in the healthcare field.
Through hands-on training and included internships, you can gain the skills employers want and be ready to start contributing to the health and wellness of your community.
Plus, you can expand your expertise through the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which allows you to take other healthcare courses for free after you graduate.
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