Opportunities for Nurses and Physiotherapists in Canada
Based on the statistics Canada 2011 “Top 50 jobs in Canada” report, the healthcare sector dominates 24% of the list. It could promise of a rewarding career in the country, especially because it has a growing elderly population. It is believed that in the next few decades the number of people above 65 will outnumber number of children under the age of 15. If that is not enough to convince you, consider this.
Canada experienced a whopping 51% increase in people requiring home care between 1998 and 2008.
So, here’s a list of the most in-demand healthcare professionals in Canada(in no particular order):
- Nursing Supervisor
- Health Policy Specialist
- Occupational Therapist
- Dental Hygienist
- Medical Radiation Technologist
- Health Care Manager
- Respiratory Therapist
Registered nurses (RN) should have a 4-year Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a Canadian University or its international equivalent. They may specialize in any of the fields including surgery, obstetrics, psychiatrists, community health and others. You may be a pass out from any registered university in the world, but you will have to pass the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CNRE) to be eligible to work in the country. According to experts the requirement for nurses will always be there and the position shows 7% growth in employees, a median salary of $79,990 and tremendous growth in salary.
There are also opportunities for Licensed Practical Nurses or LPNs. They are trained in both academic and practical areas of nursing. These candidates must pass a Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination. Demand for these two categories are pretty high because of the shortage the country is witnessing for the past few decades.
Physiotherapy as a career in Canada shows a 9% growth rate. These professionals are required in a number of settings such as rehabilitation hospitals, private clinics, community health centers, residential care and assisted living-facilities and schools. The professionals project a median salary of $69,992 and a stupendous growth in salary in the coming years.
Applicants Interested to Immigrate and Work as Nurse or Caregiver can download this handbook for free to understand the rules
According to the Canadian Physiotherapy association, a physiotherapist requires an undergraduate degree in order to qualify for admission into Master’s Entry level program. Students are required to dedicate 1000+ hours in a clinical setting and require provisional registration.