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Quick Facts About Seniors Care Careers
Job Growth in Seniors Care
- According to WorkBC, Seniors Care is expected to have the highest job growth over the period 2020 – 2025 of all industries in BC (4.2%)
- That’s higher than Film (4.0%), Natural Resources (0.0%), Hospitality (2.8%), and even the Tech (3.6%)
- Over 50% of openings in Seniors Care over the next ten years will be new jobs created by economic growth, rather than replacement of current positions. [21,800 of 36,600 jobs, or 59%].
Seniors Care is expected to be among the most significant job growth in many regions across the province, including Vancouver Island, the Interior (i.e. “Thompson-Okanagan, Kootenay, Cariboo”), and Northeastern BC.
There are a large number of job types in seniors care. These include:
- Nursing Care: Health Care Aide, Community Health Worker (HCA/CHW), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN)
- Allied Health: Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Recreational and Music Therapists, Social Workers, Dieticians, Dental Hygienists & Assistants, Recreation Aides, Rehabilitation Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators
- Executives & Managers: Finance, HR, Administration, Management
- Support: Personal Support Workers, Housekeepers, Light Duty Cleaners, Food Service Workers, Cooks, Facilities Maintenance Workers & Janitors, Administrative Assistants & Receptionists
Job Security, Wages & Benefits
- According to the Health Employers Association of BC, the average annual compensation for one full-time care aide is $64,800 or $33.25 per hour, including wages and benefits, and $59,300 per year for Community Health Workers (CHWs)
- Health Care Aide programs in BC range from six to nine months, with the average length being 7 months.
- Most research suggests that careers in health care are secure with a low risk of automation in tomorrow’s economy. This includes Health Care Aides, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and other Health Care Professionals.