• Prasanthi Naidoo

Careers in the red-hot healthcare sector that don't require a bachelor's degree


We've seen in numerous recent reports that many of the best jobs to have right now are in the healthcare sector. The outlook is growing for workers in this field, and the pay is enviable. However, not everyone wants to spend at least four years in port-secondary education earning advanced degrees.

The good news is that there are also some in-demand jobs in the fast-growing healthcare field that you can land without a university degree. Of course, for most of these, formal training and certification is still required, but you won't have to invest the time and money required to earn a university degree.

Here are ten healthcare jobs you can get without a degree - and what they pay

1. Dental Hygienists - Median salary $72,800 CAD

Dental hygienists provide dental hygiene treatment and information related to the prevention of diseases and disorders of the teeth and mouth. They are employed in dentists' offices, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, government agencies and private industry.

[Browse Dental Hygienist positions available on HealthJobHub.]

2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer - $74,880

Medical sonographers operate ultrasound equipment to produce and record images of various parts of the body to aid physicians in monitoring pregnancies and in diagnosing cardiac, ophthalmic, vascular and other medical disorders. They are employed in clinics and hospitals.

[Job openings for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.]

3. Medical Secretary - $44,574

Medical administrative assistants perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in doctor's offices, hospitals, medical clinics and other medical settings.

[Medical Secretary job openings on HealthJobHub.]

4. Pharmacy Technician - $37,440

Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense medications by taking orders from customers and counting out dosages. They are often the client facing professionals that prescription holders interact with at the pharmacy counter.

[See job ads for Pharmacy Technicians.]

5. Occupational Therapy Assistant - $47,840


Occupational therapy assistants work under the supervision of licensed occupational therapists, providing rehabilitation services to patients, often helping the injured reclaim their daily lives, learn how to perform regular tasks after they have lost motor skills or have developed disabilities.

[Occupational Therapist Assistant jobs available now.]

6. Physical Therapist Assistant - $47,840

These professionals are highly sought after right now, because they play such a crucial role in the rehabilitation process. PTAs are needed to help implement physical therapy treatment plans, assisting with prescribed exercises, and monitoring patient progress.

[See Physical Therapist Assistant job openings.]

7. Radiologic Technologist - $68,764

RTs work with doctors to perform diagnostic imaging examinations on patients. They conduct X-ray or CAT scan procedures.

8. Nursing Assistant - $54,00

Nursing assistants work under the direction of the nursing staff to help care for patients in a variety of settings from hospitals and clinics to private healthcare institutions.

[See Nursing Assistant job openings on HealthJobHub.]

9. Health information technician (HIT) - $53,976

Health information technicians collect, code, record, review and manage health information. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, workplace health and safety boards, health record consulting firms and other health care establishments.

10. Massage Therapist - $51,750

Massage therapists assess soft tissues and joints of patients for treatment and prevention of dysfunction, injury, pain and physical disorders. Massage therapists work in private practice, including group or team practices, hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres and educational institutions.

[See Massage Therapist positions available now on HealthJobHub.]

To see what certifications are required in Canada for each of these roles and for detailed data on how much they currently pay in your region, check out the federal government's Labour Market Information website.

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