Schools Training

Successful Employment: Considering a Medical Career

19 NOV 2012
Career Path : Medical Office Assistant

Regardless of where you go, the healthcare system seems to be lacking. With the exception of private healthcare, patients are left sitting in waiting rooms for hours on end, standing in pharmacies waiting for prescriptions or taking instructions from impatient healthcare officers. This isn’t because people aren’t doing their jobs—it simply means that there aren’t enough workers to do everything that needs to be done. Hospitals, clinics and related institutions are in need of qualified workers in order to fill their employment rosters. The problem is there aren’t any workers available for hire. To give you an idea of what the healthcare system is dealing with, consider the lack of nurses available. In 2011, The Canadian Nurses Association predicted that the country will be short approximately 113,000 nurses by 2016. Simply put, Canada needs more medical professionals. Now.


The shortage of workers has a lot to do with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation. Behind them there is a gap of available (and sufficiently qualified) graduates to step up and take their place. While many people aspire to be medial professionals, the actual execution seems daunting to most people, especially when they haven’t done their research (most think that medical school is a requirement prior to applying). Today, depending on the field of study, a medical career is actually in reach. Many institutions offer medical educations in different fields, followed by the applicable field training (usually a placement in the form of a stage, or internship). From pharmacy technician courses to personal support worker courses, training programs are available to students to provide them not only with certification, but also with the hands on experience to prepare them for immediate employment in the real world.


Take medical office assistant courses, for instance. Training in this particular field could lead to additional careers, including:


  • Dental office assistant
  • Medical secretary
  • Medical transcriptions
  • Receptionist
  • Medical billing clerk


Whatever concentration you decide to pursue, there is a varied number of career choices available in the field that you choose, whether you choose to take pharmacy technician courses or PSW courses. Either way, your study is greatly valued by the medical community, and chances are that there is a position available to you from the moment that you complete your studies. Best of all, most medical institutions offer stability  (consistent employment in this economy is a very valuable thing), a substantial salary and an ever-changing work environment.


If you are currently working in a field that leaves you looking for a challenge (and better pay) consider looking into the colleges in your area. See what medical courses are available to take, and what the requirements are. You might be surprised to find that you qualify for the majority of them. Speak to a student advisor about your availabilities and exceptions to find the medical field best suited to you, and make the decision to enter a more rewarding professional field today.


Visit Algonquin Careers Academy for more information on personal support worker courses or various other healthcare career training programs.