There is an abundance of employment opportunities in healthcare careers and one of the main reasons for that is that baby boomers are aging and in need of more medical care. As baby boomers get older there is more need for people like nurses, doctors, pharmacists, medical assistants and other trained professionals. The people who are trained in medical and health care positions usually find that there are jobs for them in any city or town in North America. That means that they don’t have to move to get into the career of their choice.
Careers in Healthcare
No 4 year degrees required!
Picture source: Wikipedia
Health Care Aides
If you enjoy helping those in need you might be perfect for a career as a Health Care Aide. Your job is to help people improve their lives each day. You will work with a wide range of patients from those that are elderly to those that are chronically ill, depending on the type of facility that you work in. The best part is that you can make a huge impact on people’s lives.
Some of the things that health care aides do include:
• Monitoring nutrition and preparing meals
• Communicating health care information
• Helping people with their medications
• Assisting patients with mobility or cognitive impairments
• Admitting, transferring and discharging patients
Health care Aides are able to find employment in a variety of places. They may find employment in a long term care facility, in a hospital, or in an individual’s home. Some of the titles that they may hold include nurse’s aides, personal support aides, home care workers, or health care aides.
In Canada they can expect to earn from $24,000 to $38,000 a year.
Health unit clerks are needed in hospitals across North America. Hospitals rely on them to keep the day to day operations running smoothly. Health unit clerks process forms as patients are admitted, transferred, or released from hospital care. Tests need to be scheduled in advance and health unit clerks take care of this. They also do things behind the scenes like management of equipment, keeping supplies stocked, and share information with staff and patients.
In Canada, health unit clerks find jobs in hospitals and long term care facilities. They typically earn between $23,000 and $42,000 a year.
Medical Lab Assistant
The need for qualified medical lab assistant grows as the population ages. It is becoming an exciting and challenging field to be in because of the advances in medical technology. Medical lab assistants find work in both the public sector (in hospitals and clinics) and the private sector (private labs). Medical lab assistants help the medical lab technologists to complete their work.
Medical lab assistants will be responsible for an array of duties including: running machinery in the lab, handling specimens, preparing specimen samples, collecting specimen samples, conducting tests, and keeping lab equipment sterile.
Danielle is a freelance writer, blogger, and social media junkie. She lives in a small town in central Manitoba, Canada where she spends too much time in front of the computer drinking coffee. She has a husband (who is very supportive), two teenagers, a granddaughter and 3 cats.