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The Top 10 Best Health Care Jobs: Canada’s Best Jobs 2016

With Canada’s population aging, the health care field is changing—and so are the skills necessary to succeed

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With the rise of health related technology, and an aging-out boomer generation, the health care sector in Canada continues to grow. Demand for pharmacists brings it to a number three spot on our Best Jobs of 2016 ranking, while positions like Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse both ranked in the top 50 (21 and 28, respectively.)

Janette Smith has had a long and varied career in the sector, initially training as a clinical nurse, but abandoning the effort when she ended up “hiding in the bathroom so I wouldn’t have to do catheters.” She went on to work as a health promotion officer for the Region of Peel, and 27 years later finds herself as its Commissioner of Health.

Smith sees one of the biggest changes in the sector as the shift towards geriatric care. “We’re having to adjust to an aging population that is living longer and getting chronic diseases,” she explains. “We also haven’t thought that much about customer service, and how we go about doing something, instead of just its outcomes. We’re starting to look at that differently now.”

Brian Golden is the Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy at the University of Toronto and The University Health Network; his work includes research into area of strategic change and implementation in the sector. When it comes to the future of the sector, Golden foresees a move towards health and business integration. “I think what we’ll see more of is positions based on performance and experience improvement—more positions outside of the traditional brick and mortar hospitals,” he says.

Golden says that where health care funding used to have little to do with performance or volume, things are changing. “What’s happened is attempting to have funding be attached to quality and volume of services. Now strategy matters—hospitals have to decide what programs they’re good at. Now all of a sudden, you need financial skills, you need management skills.”

Smith’s advice for those considering a career in the sector? “Do your homework and figure out what your passion is,” she says. “Think about some interesting combinations—there are some really interesting cross-degree programs now that will make you more marketable as a hire.”

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in that category by 2021:
 = more than 1 job per job seeker
 = about 1 job per job seeker
 = less than 1 job per job seeker

Job RankJob TitleMedian SalaryWage Growth5-year employment growthOutlook*Job listings by Indeed
3Pharmacist$99,840 9%38%Search Pharmacist job listings
19Health & Community Service Manager$104,541 9%-10%Search Health & Community Service job listings
21Nurse Practioner$74,880 13%-21%Search Nurse Practitioner job listings
22Occupational Therapist$78,395 18%32%Search Occupational Therapist job listings
27Health & Occupation Inspector$72,800 9%22%Search Health & Occupation Inspector job listings
48Registered Nurse$74,880 6%14%Search Registered Nurse job listings
53Psychologist$79,997 10%-3%Search Psychologist job listings
58Health Care Manager$89,440 12%-4%Search Health Care Manager job listings
59Executive Director, Health Services$90,397 21%-28%Search Health Services job listings
62Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor$79,040 9%25%Search Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor job listings

* Demand Outlook is the estimated demand for employees in that category by 2021:
 = more than 1 job per job seeker
 = about 1 job per job seeker
 = less than 1 job per job seeker

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