• Prasanthi Naidoo

Ten careers in high demand that pay over $100,000

Want to earn six figures? There are plenty of career options in the healthcare sector that command those salaries. Here are just ten examples – all of which Statistics Canada says are currently experiencing labour shortage conditions, with double digit growth projected for the next ten years – where you can earn over $100,000 per year.


The professionals who administer the drugs used to reduce or eliminate pain for patients undergoing medical procedures are among the highest earners in healthcare.

The shortage of these workers is also particularly acute right now – with increased demand projected through 2026.

Nurse anesthetists

We wrote last week about how nurses with specialized skills can command larger pay cheques. Among these are the nurse anesthetists who provide general anesthesia to put a patient to sleep or local anesthesia to numb a certain area of the body for medical procedures or surgeries.


Caring for children pays off. Pediatricians specialize in the health and development of young people. They administer vaccinations and treat the most common illnesses and minor injuries that kids are prone to. After medical school, they train for at least 4 more years in the care of babies, children, and youth.


In modern medicine, a surgeon is a physician who performs surgical operations, repairing the human body and treating injuries and diseases. Demand for surgical skills will only keep growing too as the population ages. Specialist physicians are actually the highest paid of all professionals in Canada.


Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Statscan estimates that there is a growing shortage of these professionals.


There is a high demand for dentists in Canada right now. These professionals ensure their patients' overall oral health. They examine and treat any issues with their patients' mouth, gums and teeth.

Orthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is trained to correct bad bites with braces, or to work together with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to correct more severe cases that are often described as dentofacial deformities.


These are the medical professionals who provide specialty care for feet, delivering treatment and surgical care for patients with foot, ankle, or lower leg problems. It pays to specialize.


Optometrists provide comprehensive eye examinations to determine the overall health of your eyes and the quality of your vision. They are primary eye care providers who detect, diagnose, treat, prevent and co-manage any eye-related issues. They also provide eyewear products. They are also in high demand. As we reported recently, optometry students currently have a 98 per cent employment rate after graduation.

Nurse practitioners

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional certification usually with a focus on a certain population, such as geriatric health, pediatric health or mental health, and specialize in care for that group.

Nurse practitioners usually require a master's degree in nursing; or completion of a nursing program with additional advanced or extended primary health care nursing education; and several years of practice as a registered nurse.

Want to take your nursing career to the next level? Here are the skills you can acquire that have the biggest payoff in terms of salary.

You can find out more about the outlook and median salaries for careers by region in Canada here.

For opportunities available right now in some of Canada's hottest healthcare positions, check out the job openings on HealthJobHub.


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