PROFILE OF HEALTH CARE CAREERS WINDSOR
The health sciences sector is projected to grow as it will experience of number of retirements in certain occupations and an increase demand for health care services. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to the “silver tsunami” which means that the demand for health care services from seniors will increase, and there are concerns that the health care sector does not have the resources to adequately address this need. Over the last few years, there has been an emphasis on recruiting health care professionals to Windsor-‐Essex. There has been a shortage of doctors and nurses in this region over the past few years. Windsor-‐Essex has a lower number of physicians than the provincial average. However, steps have been made to improve and address this shortage. Once here, the retention rate of doctors within the region is good, resulting in many doctors choosing to stay and develop their practice in Windsor-‐Essex. With the introduction of the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008, a complete medical program was developed in hopes of attracting medical professionals to the region. There are a variety of occupations in the health care sector that are projected to be in demand in the next several years.
Sector Strengths and Opportunities
- Projected increase in demand for health care services
- Organizations are offering leadership programs to their employees to help them advance their skills
- There is going to likely be a need for occupations with a specialization in Mental Health
- Organizations in the health care sector realize and promote the value added by Internationally Trained Professionals to the Windsor-‐Essex region
- There is the opportunity for individuals to use transferable skills they gained in other sectors such as manufacturing or professional services
Average Age of Workforce: Many of these occupations have 50% of these occupations is workforce over the age of 45.
Average Educational Attainment:
- College certificate/diploma
- University degree
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The future outlook of the health care occupations is very promising. It is an occupation that has one of the highest employment rates, making medical office assistants highly in demand.
From 2009-2018, job openings in health care occupations will result mainly from replacement needs, especially from the need to replace workers who retire. The retirement rate for the workers in this occupation will be among the highest for all occupations primarily because workers in this occupation are generally much older than the average worker. In the 2009-2018 period, 71 756 employees are expected to retire from their medical office assistant positions.
LARGE DEMAND AND SMALL SUPPLY
The number of job seekers coming mainly from the school system is expected to decline in Canada over the 2009-2018 periods. This is because there was a small demand for this occupation in the past. However now that the majority of the employees from this occupation are expected to retire in the upcoming years, there are very few people to meet this new demand. The result is fewer new job seekers over the next few years to meet the increase in job openings.
The increasing use of computerized medical records systems, billing systems and other office equipment technology in medical offices and clinics means that medical secretaries with strong computer skills have better employment opportunities. Some employers also look for experience in medical terminology. Therefore, due to the advancement of technology, this occupation which used to require minimal post-secondary education, now has higher expectations with regards to available skills and knowledge. This limits the list of potential employees for job openings in this occupation to graduates who have taken courses related to the job field.
LOCAL AVAILABLE TRAINING
Canadian College of Health, Science and Technology
- Massage & Hydrotherapy
- Physiotherapy Assistant
- Medical Office Assistant
- Personal Support Worker
- Pharmacy Assistant
University of Windsor
- Computer Science
- Bachelors of Communications
- Digital Journalism
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FEATURED CAREER: REGISTERED MASSAGE THERAPY
The registered massage therapy profession came to be in 1919 when it was recognized by the Drugless Practitioners Act as a designated health profession. Today it is governed by the Regulated Health Profession Act which has helped to make massage therapy a highly accepted and respected health profession.
Massage therapists can specialize in over 80 different types of massage. They include:
- Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, sports massage, reflexology etc.
Opportunities for advancement in the workplace are numerous. They include:
- Becoming a manager in a clinic or office
- Teaching in a training program
- Becoming self-employed
- Jobs for massage therapists are expected to increase more rapidly than all other occupations.
- From 2009-2019, employment in massage therapy is expected to increase by 19%.
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