15 Healthcare Jobs You Might Not Have Considered

15 Healthcare Jobs You Might Not Have Considered

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If you are a graduate who is interested in working in healthcare, but are not interested in pursuing medical school, there are plenty of entry-level career options for you to choose from.

Since it’s healthcare week at TalentEgg, we’ve decided to do some exploring for you! Here’s a list of the 15 careers in healthcare that don’t require medical school. Check it out!

1) Dietitian (Nutritionist)

Average Starting Salary:
$50,000

Dietitians create customized food and nutrition programs, oversee meal preparation, and direct distribution of meals. Registered dietitians typically require a Bachelor’s degree from a university program accredited by the Dietitians of Canada.

2) Medical Technologist

Average Starting Salary:
$48,000

Medical Technologists examine and analyze body fluids. Some of their tasks may include matching blood for transfusions, drug tests, and identifying abnormalities in blood and bodily fluids. Medical Technologists are usually required to have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

3) EMT/Paramedic

Average Starting Salary:
$41,000

Emergency Medical Technicians, or Paramedics, are medical professionals trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries, and accidents. In Canada, training/education requirements vary province-to-province. Some are as short as six months (BC), and others can be as extensive as 2 to 4 years (Ontario/Alberta).

4) Radiologic Technician (Technologist)

Average Starting Salary:
$51,000

Radiologic Technicians perform imaging examinations such as x-rays, CAT scans (computed tomography), mammograms, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Formal requirements in Canada include completion of an accredited program in Medical Radiation Technology (MRT) and certification from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CARM).

5) Dental Hygienist

Average Starting Salary:
$56,000

Dental hygienists can work independently, but they typically work alongside dentists. They remove hard/soft deposits on teeth, and educate patients on oral health care, with particular focus on prevention and treatment of oral disease.

Dental hygienists in Canada must have completed a diploma program (1-3 years) and must be certified by the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board (NDHCB).

6) Optician

Average Starting Salary:
$41,000

An optician is a technician who designs, fits, and dispenses corrective lenses (both glasses and contacts) for patients requiring vision correction.

While regulations vary across provinces, all opticians practicing in Canada must complete training/education in opticianry and pass a competency examination before receiving a licence to practice.

7) Crisis Counsellors

Average Starting Salary:
$43,429

Crisis counsellors work in a specialized field within mental health counselling. They are responsible for short-term mental healthcare, offering patient assessments and counselling following a traumatic or emotionally intensive experience.

Counsellors must be registered with a provincially-recognized regulatory body in clinical psychology or clinical social work, typically following a Bachelor’s or diploma in a related field.

8) Midwife

Average Starting Salary:
$57,000

Registered midwives are health professionals who provide primary care to women and their babies during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the postpartum period. The midwifery education program is a 4-year program offered at only 7 universities across the country and accredited by the Canadian Association of Midwifes (CAM).

9) Massage Therapist

Average Starting Salary:
$42,000

Massage therapists are typically either self-employed or employed by massage therapy/chiropractic clinics. They assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions via massage technique.

In Canada, only four provinces regulate the profession (Ontario, BC, Newfoundland and New Brunswick). In Ontario, the College of Massage Therapists in Ontario (CMTO) sets a level of 2,200 practise hours.

10) Phlebotomist

Average Starting Salary:
$32,000

Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. In Canada, certifications vary from province to province, but typically require some post-secondary education in a related field and successful completion of a training course approved by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

11) Radiation Therapist

Average Starting Salary:
$55,000

Radiation therapists, as the name suggests, use medical radiation equipment to administer radiation treatment to patients. This process is most often used as a part of cancer treatment to control or kill malignant cells.

Formal requirements in Canada include successful completion of an accredited program in Medical Radiation Technology (MRT) and certification from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CARM).

12) Diagnostic Medical Sonographer

Average Starting Salary:
$56,000

Sonographers work with sonographic diagnostic imaging equipment to capture information to be used by doctors for diagnosis. Sonographer must be trained in an accredited sonography program accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

13) Orthotist and Prosthetist

Average Starting Salary:
$60,000

Orthotists aid patients with disabling conditions of limbs and spines through preparing orthopedic braces. Prosthetists work with patients with partial or total absence of a limb by fitting them with prostheses.

Prosthetists and orthotists must complete a Bachelor’s in and related field in addition to being certified and completing an education program accredited by the Canadian Board for Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO).

14) Athletic Therapy/Trainer

Average Starting Salary:
$42,000

Athletic therapists are certified healthcare professionals specializing in sports medicine, and working with athletes in injury prevention, rehabilitation and emergency care.

Athletic trainers usually spend a few years as an athletic therapist. Canadian athletic therapists must complete a Bachelor’s degree in a related field (Kinesiology) as accredited and certified by the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.

15) Surgical Technologist

Average Starting Salary:
$50,000

Surgical technologists or ‘scrubs’, are healthcare professionals working as part of a team delivering surgical care. Technologists prep surgery rooms, assist surgeons during a variety of operations, and appropriately sterilize medical tools following surgery. Techs are typically required to complete a post-secondary program specializing in surgical technology.

Are you ready to hatch your healthcare career? Check out more resources in TalentEgg’s Healthcare Career Guide!

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