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Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Healthcare Career

By Jay Oun on January 9th, 2014 in Health Care | Leave a comment

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

RCA/HCA Class August 2013

Why It’s Important to Get Your Blood Pressure Checked!

By Jessica Hurford on August 15th, 2013 in Events, Health Care | Leave a comment

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

Pursuing a Rewarding Career in Health Care

Pursuing a Rewarding Career in Health Care

By Sylva Sivzattian on September 30th, 2012 in Brighton College News, Health Care, Healthcare Job Options | Leave a comment

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

Resident Care Attendant Industry Outlook

By Brighton College on April 6th, 2012 in Health Care | Leave a comment

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.

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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

Healthcare Industry Outlook & Review (RCA/HCA)

By Brighton College on January 31st, 2012 in Health Care | Leave a comment

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.

Main Duties:

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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