Why Work in Health Care?
Canada has one of the most comprehensive health care systems in the world, with not only free healthcare insurance coverage for everyone but also a very high demand for workers in the health care system each year. Employers including Hospitals, Clinics, and more institutions offer a lot of jobs in health care each year with high salaries and benefits, the average health care assistant salary in Canada is $45,942 per year. Covid-19 has given more Health Care career opportunities since Canada is now in high demand of health care workers and provides more pathways for health care workers to become permanent residents.
What are the jobs Health Care Sector
Health Care Support Worker
Health Care Support Workers mainly focus on non-clinical, non-direct care supports to patients and residents, which means no medical experiences are needed. Usually, their duties are building relationships with clients, restocking supplies, greeting visitors, housekeeping, and maintaining records. The average salary for Health Care Support Workers is $21.37/hour.
Licensed Practical Nurse is currently in high demand in Canada. Becoming a nurse is rather complicated and requires more education. In British Columbia, nurses usually require a Bachelor of Nursing degree with theoretical training and clinical training, and licensed nurse exams (RN and LPN). Duties for nurses can vary, but mainly caring for wounds, administering medications, educating patients, conducting physical exams, and support doctors. The average salary of a nurse is $35/hour.
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistants are usually in charge of helping to deliver nursing care such as taking temperature, pulse, and reading medical machines. Registered nurses and other professionals are usually the supervisors of HCA. Main duties as an HCA are documenting patient’s records, help with hospital settings, utilizing mechanical aides to help patients. The average salary of an HCA is $23.56/hour. For more steps on becoming an HCA, visit the Government of BC