Ever wonder how much money different health care jobs might pay you when you start working? Have you been looking for information on which careers offer the best job prospects for the future? Do you want to know how long it'll take you to earn a degree that will allow you to pursue the career you love?
If so, we're here to help! Check out the numbers in the table below for answers to all those questions. You can use the data in the table to help decide what career might be best for you.
But remember--the most important factor when choosing a career is to find a career you'll enjoy. A career is usually a big part of your life. You will spend many hours of every day, and perhaps many years of your life, in your chosen career. Money is great, but being happy is often greater!
Click any column header to sort the table by career, starting salary, growth rate, or education required.
|Cardiology Technologist||$36,400||Varies||1-2 years|
|Child and Youth Care Worker||$39,520||Good||1-2 years|
|Chiropractor||$62,400||Varies||4 years + Bachelor Degree|
|Dental Assistant||$24,960||Fair||1 year|
|Dental Hygienist||$45,760||Varies||2-3 years|
|Dental Therapist||$52,000||Varies||2 years|
|Environmental Health Officer||$33,280||Varies||4 years|
|Environmental Technician||$39,520||Varies||4 years|
|Health Educator||$46,800||Varies||1-4 years|
|Health Services Administrator||$46,800||Varies||1-4 years|
|Health Unit Coordinator||$31,200||Varies||1.5 years|
|Home Health Care Worker||$20,280||Good||1-2 years|
|Human Services Worker||$24,960||Good||1 year|
|Massage Therapist||$20,800||Varies||2 years|
|Medical Laboratory Assistant||$37,440||Varies||1 year|
|Medical Laboratory Technologist||$31,200||Good||2-2.5 years|
|Medical Secretary/Office Admin||$24,960||Fair||1-2 years|
|Nuclear Medicine Technologist||$54,080||Good||4 years|
|Nurse - Licensed Practical (LPN)||$35,360||Good||2 years|
|Nurse Practitioner||$70,720||Good||6 years|
|Nurse - Registered (RN)||$47,840||Good||4 years|
|Occupational Therapist||$52,000||Good||6 years|
|Pharmacy Technician||$39,520||Varies||1 year|
|Physician (Doctor)||$122,720||Good||7 years|
|Physiotherapist||$49,920||Fair to Good||6 years|
|Radiation Technologist||$43,680||Good||4 years|
|Radiological Technologist||$48,880||Good||4 years|
|Recreation Therapist||$37,000||Limited||4 years|
|Respiratory Therapist||$49,920||Varies||3-4 years|
|Social Worker||$37,440||Good||4 years|
|Speech Pathologist||$59,280||Varies||6 years|
Things to consider when choosing a career:
Starting Salary is the average "entry-level" amount of money workers make when starting out in this career, fresh out of college or university.
Fast-growing careers will likely have more job openings today and in the future. That means you'll have a greater chance of finding a job and earning a higher salary in that career field. (Note: In the chart on this page, "Varies" means that the rate varies by province.)
The number of years of post-secondary education (college or university) required to qualify for the career.