Industry-focused organizations, such as the World Economic Forum, tend to focus on what the future will hold for professionals and the necessary skills that will be in demand over the next five years. With the introductions of technology, many positions such as programmers, engineers and in-depth marketing specialists should come as no surprise to make some of the top listed in-demand professions.
However, despite the demand for technology-related skills, there is a massive wave of human interaction professions that will be required in the near and long term future. In fact, WEF also indicated that 65% of students in elementary schools today will go on to work at jobs that currently do not exist.
This study has ignited two very important findings, and the first is that education and continued education will be essential. The second is that jobs that require human care will be more in demand than ever before. One of the main reasons for this is that the life expectancy for both men and women has been gradually increasing, which requires health care aides and practical nurses to be.
A report from the Conference Board of Canada notes that the required number of nurses will increase more than double from 64,000 to 142,000 over the next ten years. Currently, there are over 1.4 million seniors in Canada in need of continuing support, and it is estimated that these numbers will increase by 71% in 2026. Seniors account for approximately ⅓ of the population, and the country is looking for assistance to keep up with the demand required to maintain their health, which widely relies on nurses and health aide professionals to fill this role.
The salary for a nurse is Alberta is higher than provinces such as British Columbia and Ontario, with the highest salary for an hourly wage, currently, is set at $55.93 for clinical nurse specialists.
With a 100% employment for the most recent stats, 2017, Columbia College’s Practical Nurse Professional Diploma Program helps students in Alberta not only focusing on a rewarding career but one that will stay in demand.
The next start date for the Practical Nurse Program is May 2019. You can find more information about the program by clicking here.