Healthcare careers are hot right now and look to be consistently in demand in the future. While nurses and physicians will always be in demand, some lesser known, or thought of, professions are too. These 4 jobs are all pay well and will be in demand for years to come. So if you are thinking of a career change or deciding what you want to be when you grow up, consider these. Note that all these careers require specialized education and proper licensing with special organizations.
Sure, you may hate going to the dentists now but if you have previously considered being a doctor this might be a good alternative for you. The median salary for a dentist in Canada for example is $120,000, making it the most lucrative profession on this list. All dentists need specialized education. Many opt to further their learning with continuing education as explained by theMcCabe Kingston Ontario Family Dentistry practice. “Specialized education”, such as training in implants, Invisalign systems and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can open up an added lucrative revenue stream. At the very least, dentists have two years of undergraduate studies followed by four years of specialized dental school and then another three years to get any specialty.
If you don’t want to go through as much school but still like the idea of having a well paying job in a dental clinic, becoming a dental hygienist might be for you. Dental hygienists make a healthy salary ranging from $50,000 – $97,000 according to payscale.com and the median salary is $70,000. Dental hygienists go through a 2 year diploma program for dental hygiene and take a national exam afterwards to become certified. Dental hygienists are the people that initially check your mouth when you go to see the dentists and spend up to 45 minutes assessing your mouth without the dentist around, which means dental hygienists, though typically thought of as assistants, enjoy a fair amount of autonomy in their work.
Back to hospitals, ultrasound technicians or medical sonographers are the people who create the images your doctor sometimes uses in diagnosis or when a mother is getting her first images of her baby. They use high-frequency sound waves to make these images and need highly specialized technical knowledge. These professionals go to special colleges for programs typically three years in length and are granted an advanced diploma. Ultrasound technicians make $65,000 – $75,000 a year depending on where they practice.
If you don’t want to work in a hospital or dental clinic but still want to be a part of the healthcare system and if you are good at chemistry being a pharmacist is something you should definitely consider. These professionals make almost as much as dentists do with an average salary of $80,000 – $119,000 Canadian a year. To be a pharmacist you need to get a bachelors or doctors of pharmacy. Definitely a career to consider, one that has a growing need as well.
No matter what you decide to do, it’s important to do something that you enjoy. Every day may not be perfect, but having a job you hate will make you very miserable, so do your research, weigh the pros and cons, and even speak to people who actually work in any fields that interest you. That way you will be better informed and equipped to make the right choice for your career.