• Prasanthi Naidoo

The ten most sought-after healthcare occupations in Canada (and what they pay)

With Canada’s population aging, the health care field I continues to be one of the fastest growing sectors with constant demand for workers. Of course, as the demographics change, and technology advances, the skills necessary to succeed in healthcare are always changing as well.

The career guide experts at UC Education Marketing have compiles a list of the most in-demand roles in healthcare right now. Here's a look at the ten roles that top the list:

Nursing Supervisor

A Nursing Supervisor manages the nursing staff at a hospital, clinic, nursing home and many other institutions. They administer patient care by scheduling and assigning nursing and staff and overseeing work results. The role requires a four-year university nursing degree. The median salary is roughly $75,000.

Health Policy Specialist/Consultant

These professionals stay current on the latest healthcare trends and technologies. They help craft policies and programs to help with emerging issues such as medical record sharing and innovative cost-effective solutions for the aging population. Opportunities in this field range from data analysis to project management and more. Requirements include a Management Degree or a university Degree in Health Informatics and an MBA or CMA with a focus on healthcare. The median salary is roughly $65,000.

Respiratory Therapist

Respiratory therapists help patients who have difficulty breathing, usually caused by a respiratory disorder, such as asthma or emphysema. Respiratory therapists may see patients on a regular basis, or they might respond to emergency calls. Community Colleges provide a three-year program including clinical training a hospital and/or home care setting. The CSRT Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) certification is required. The median salary is roughly $65,000.

Health Care Manager

This role requires a Masters of Health Administration (MHA). Acceptance to the Masters program is based on an in-depth review of candidates education and work experience. Successful graduates from this accredited program will be highly educated in areas such as healthcare administration, health services management, organization administration, planning and evaluation, and health policies. The median salary is +- $85,000.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists work in a dentists' offices, cleaning patient’s teeth before, during, and after a dental procedure. Dental hygienists work side-by-side with dentists, orthodontists, and other dental professionals. Dental Hygienists in Canada complete a 3-year Diploma Program. The scope of their work and training varies according to provincial regulations. The median salary is about $72,000.

Medical Radiation Technologist

Radiologic techs administer diagnostic imaging exams, such as x-rays and CT scans. A career in Medical Radiography requires a two-year diploma program. Radiologic techs work alongside radiologists, but they are not trained to diagnose the results of the imaging exams they perform. The median salary is about $65,000.


Pharmacists are responsible for dispensing prescription medications to patients and medical facilities. The role requires a Bachelors Degree in pharmacy. Programs require some university prerequisites depending on Provincial guidelines. Becoming a Pharmacist also requires several hundred apprenticeship/internship hours. They draw a median annual salary of about $95,000.


Registered nurses take care of the majority of nursing requirements in hospitals and clinics, from coordinating patient care to providing emotional support for families. RNs may specialize in a variety of areas such as surgery, obstetrics, psychiatrics, pediatrics, community health, occupational health, emergency, rehabilitation, oncology, or many others. RNs must pass the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CNRE) Exam. The receive a median salary of roughly $85,000.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help patients recover from injuries and disabilities, using everyday activities. They show patients how they can use the movements they make every day to get better, stronger, and faster quickly. OTs complete a bachelor's degree focused on occupational therapy academic programs including 1,000 hours of supervised on-the-job training. The median salary is about $72,000.


Physiotherapists help patients recover from illnesses or injuries. They use their hands and special equipment to work out different muscles in a patient’s body and build strength in weak or damaged areas. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), requires physiotherapists in Canada to have an undergraduate degree, usually with specific pre-requisites, in order to qualify for admission to Master’s Entry-Level programs. Students are required to complete at least 1000 hours of supervised training in a clinical setting. The role requires provincial registration. They earn a median salary of $75,000 a year.


Salary data from Statistics Canada via JobBank.

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