Working as a Health Care Aide: 3 Reasons to Consider
If you live in Alberta and want to start a fulfilling career in a growing field, Health Care Aide (HCA) is worth consideration. HCAs are mainly responsible for assisting with daily activities and providing personal care directly to patients who cannot perform these tasks on their own. It is not an easy job, but if you are passionate to make a difference in people’s lives, working as an HCA is truly rewarding.
Becoming an HCA is a great start to a medical career, here are some reasons to consider:
1. Decent Salary
In Canada, Health Care Aides usually earn between $15 to $25 per hour, with the highest hourly wage of $44.6 recorded in Northwest Territories. The second highest salary is recorded in Yukon Territory at an hourly rate of $33.78. The third-highest salary is recorded in Alberta at an hourly rate of $27 (Government of Canada, 2020). With various levels of education, practical skills, and work experience, the job market is competitive.
2. High demand
Although careers in the health care industry have different job prospects, HCAs are in high demand across Canada. The latest employment report from the Government of Canada job bank predicts steady growth in this industry over the next 10 years. From 2019 to 2028, new job openings arising from expansion demand and replacement demand are expected to total 178,700 in support of health services.
3. Valuable Skills and Knowledge
There are many knowledge and skills to apply for this occupation. However, when you master these skills, it will benefit you to progress your career further. Further, you can utilize those skills to help to specialize your medical career in healthcare management, psychology,
and health promotion and wellbeing. Let’s take a look at some of the essential skills for an HCA:
• Reading and Writing: for labels on containers for instructions and precautions; to read and write notes, short reports, workplace safety materials and so on.
• Organization: to record and locate data and information in lists
• Numeracy: to compare measurements of vital signs, such as temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.
• Oral communication: to talk with patients to obtain information on their current state; to talk to co-workers to report on the conditions of patients.
• Digital technology: to use spreadsheets to record numerical information; to email applications to exchange information and documents with co-workers.
If you are ready to jump into this rewarding career, apply for Bay River College’s Health Care