Many of you are interested in careers that are capable of giving you great satisfaction while at the same time, have relatively low stress levels. If you are searching for a position that offers you such factors and provides a high job growth outlook, a profession in healthcare may be the answer. Check out these top 10 reasons why you should consider a healthcare career: …Continue Reading
Last week was the second Blood Pressure Clinic event put on by the staff and students in our HCA and RCA programs. From 10am to 3pm staff and students were set up in Surrey’s Central City Mall giving free Blood Pressure tests to anyone interested. After the event I spoke with Marilyn Mallari (our Healthcare Department Head) about these tests and why they are important. Here’s what she told me: …Continue Reading
If you have a genuine desire to help people and are looking for a truly fulfilling career, healthcare is an ideal industry choice for you! With the rise of an aging population, the demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow all over the world. Being one of those sectors that remain unaffected by economic downturn and uncertainties, health care is looked upon as a safe career choice by many. A course in health care can open up a world of opportunities and help a person live a satisfying life. …Continue Reading
The healthcare sector in B.C. is evolving as quickly as ever and the industry finds itself in need of specialized Resident Care Attendants to fill positions in a variety of facilities, both in the public and private sectors. Resident Care Attendant jobs in Vancouver have become prevalent with the growing number of privatized healthcare institutions which has coincided with the many healthcare options that are now available for B.C. citizens.
Professionals in the Resident Care Attendant field can expect to earn starting wages ranging from $14 to $20 per hour depending on the specialization of the facility in which they are employed. There are similarities in compensation on the private and public sides of the industry although the public sector generally has a higher financial ceiling for professionals with 5 – 10 years of experience. Wage rates are expected to increase or stay at their current levels as the short term industry outlook for Resident Care Attendants looks promising. …Continue Reading
Analyzing the healthcare industry and looking specifically at Resident Care Attendant and Healthcare Assistant occupations can provide some clear insight into valuable career information that can help you make key decisions. For example, we can explore wage rates, job outlooks, prospects, main job duties involved, and what skills and training are required to be successful and enter this field.
An average starting wage for an entry level position after graduation in this field is around $17 to $19 per hour. Certification is required for entry into this field and a diploma or a certificate in RCA or HCA will essentially ensure your starting wage rate is met in that range. After a few years of experience, the wage rate can progress upwards of $22 per hour in some positions.
Outlook & Prospects:
From 2011 – 2020 it is expected that there will be a potential shortage of workers and qualified professionals ready and aiming to enter this field and fill Resident Care Attendant and Healthcare Assistant career openings. Another note about this field is that the rate of employment growth seems to have remained steady over the past 10 years, which is a strong sign for individuals looking to enter these occupations.
Healthcare Assistants and Resident Care Attendants provide support throughout the healthcare industry to professionals in a variety of positions. Job duties can range from preparing patients for procedures, to live-in or frequent residential care visits that include a variety of patient care tasks.
Skills & Training:
Essential skills required in this field are centered around patient care and the ability to communicate and work under pressure effectively. Responding to patients questions requires the healthcare professional to be knowledgeable and have an ability to thoroughly and clearly explain a variety of medical information and instructions. Certificate in the form of a diploma or certificate from a recognized institution that offers HCA or RCA training programs is required for employment in these occupations.
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By Noa Glouberman
According to Science Labour Occupations, a new labour market report published by BC Stats as part of the Ministry of Science and Universities’ Year of Science initiative, the number of science-related job opportunities in British Columbia is set to increase 26% by 2019, compared with 19% job growth in the economy as a whole.
And, while every industry in the province employs at least some workers in science-related occupations, the latest (2006) census figures show that six out of 10 jobs in these occupations are in just two industries: health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services.
In fact, the health care and social assistance industry is the largest employer of workers in science-related occupations in B.C., providing 35% of all jobs. The industry includes an array of career opportunities, including positions in hospitals and nursing homes; offices of doctors, dentists, veterinarians and other health care professionals; medical and dental labs; and other similar types of establishments.
“A career in health care is always a positive option to consider,” said Alon Hendel, director of and head instructor at Community Care First Aid, which offers Canadian Red Cross-certified courses in CPR and first aid. “It is not a big secret that an increase in projected life span and improvement in medical treatments will greatly increase the demand for health care professionals in all levels.”
Even last year’s economic downturn couldn’t shake the stability of employment in health-related professions; according to the BCStat report, in 2009, when B.C.’s unemployment rate averaged 7.6%, the jobless rate remained low in health-related occupations.
“Health care is generally countercyclical in challenging economic times; people continue to require care,” confirmed Randall Bannister, director of admissions at Brighton College, which provides vocational training in areas of highest need. “Employment demand in this industry is affected more by demographics, rather than the economy.”
“[An] aging population means more medical care, which translates to higher demand for health care personnel,” echoed Hendel.
Both men said that the province’s aging population will impact the health care industry in a number of ways. According to Hendel, while many baby boomers are approaching retirement, the recent economic downturn may affect their decision regarding when to stop working.
“The problem here is that fewer people will be willing to retire as their savings plans and RRSPs might have been greatly impacted by the dramatic fall of the market ever since late 2008,” he told the Employment Paper. “This means that fewer positions will be available in the short term. Nevertheless … the long-term projection is that senior employees will finally retire, which will mean an ever greater demand to fill up these positions in the coming years.”
According to Bannister, B.C.’s aging demographic will also result in a greater need for health care and medical services. For example, “residential care continues to grow in popularity as a cost-effective alternative to traditional nursing homes; it also offers a more personal approach to care and support. BC Work Futures forecasts job opportunities in this field to remain higher than average.”
While occupations in health include everything from doctors to dentists to dieticians, Bannister predicted that “health care jobs outside of hospital environments will have the highest growth rates.”
“Hospital jobs will decline as administrators attempt to achieve greater efficiencies and seek alternative, off-site care options,” he added. “Occupations such as medical assistants and home health care assistants are likely to have the highest employment growth in this industry.”
In terms of training, both said there are many health care-related programs and courses to choose from, offered by public and private institutions around the province.
“Intensive, full-time programs are available for those who are starting or changing their careers. These will usually be about six or seven months in duration, with job-site practical experience as part of the program,” said Bannister. “Accelerated part-time programs are also available to existing workers in this field who require recognized training to upgrade their careers. They can study evenings and weekends so that their current job is not impacted.”
“One just needs to search the Internet for the variety of programs that are offered by different schools to see that the options are endless, really,” Hendel confirmed. “The main question you need to ask yourself is not what is out there but, rather, what would you like to do? What interests you?”
Bannister added that, besides making sure you possess the patience, people skills, physical involvement and flexibility the field demands, it may be useful to speak with an admissions adviser and even gain some experience in various care settings before making your final decision on a permanent training or professional situation.
Hendel seconded the recommendation.
“Talk to people that already work in this profession; go to their workplaces, ask yourself if you like this kind of work environment. Research the profession you are considering and really know what it involves,” he advised. “Whatever you end up choosing, keep in mind that nothing is forever. We live in a place where changing professions midway is advantageous in many cases. Bottom line: make sure that whatever you choose to be will make you happy.”
Employment prospects for workers in the Health care and social assistance industry group are expected to be above average in upcoming years. Future openings will become available as a result of job creation and the need to replace experienced workers who retire. This industry group employs a large number of workers, so a significant number of future jobs are expected.
Governments at both the federal and provincial levels are making health care a priority. They are increasing funding to reduce surgical waiting lists and to maintain the quality of Canada’s health care services. However, there is also increasing pressure to find operational efficiencies within the medical system to ensure that costs do not rise to unmanageable levels.
Employment growth in hospital services will be the slowest within the health services industry, a result of efforts to control hospital costs and of increasing use of outpatient clinics and other alternative care sites. Hospitals will streamline health services delivery operations, provide more outpatient care and rely less on inpatient care. Besides job openings due to employment growth, additional openings will arise as workers leave the labour force or transfer to other occupations.
Fast growth is expected for workers in occupations concentrated outside the inpatient hospital industry, such as medical assistants and home health aides. Many of these services will be provided privately, particularly for seniors care.
Demand for dental care will rise due to population growth, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older people, greater awareness of the importance of dental care, and an increased ability to pay for services. Dentists will continue to use more support personnel, such as dental hygienists and assistants, to meet the increased workloads.
In some management, business and financial occupations, rapid growth will be tempered by restructuring to reduce administrative costs and streamline operations. The effects of office automation and other technological changes will slow employment growth in office and administrative support occupations, but because the employment base is large, replacement needs will continue to create substantial numbers of job openings. Technological changes, such as increased laboratory automation, will negatively affect the demand for other occupations as well.
While demand for social services will increase with the projected increase in the provincial population, government budgets are not being increased in this area to the degree that they are for health care services. Consequently, occupations such as social worker and community service worker will likely see growth constrained. However, there is private sector activity in these areas, especially in home support.
|Employment Level in 2005||217,400|
|Projected New Jobs (2010 to 2015)||34,300|
|Projected Available Openings due to Retirements (2010 to 2015)||37,900|
|Total Expected Job Opportunities (2010 to 2015)||72,200|
|Future Job Prospects||Above Avera|
Data Sources: COPS BC Unique Scenario 2009; and Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey 2006