What training do you need?
Medical careers are available for any level of education. The healthcare field is an ideal option for you if you’re a caring person with a “family first” attitude.
In Alberta there are actually dozens of health care career options.
Don’t know where to start? You should do our Career Quiz to select which career is the best fit for your personality.
Depending on the career you pursue your training can be as quick as 5 months.
Typical starting wages in Alberta Health Services are:
- Health Care Aide $20/hr
- Community Support Worker $19/hr
- Unit Clerk $25/hr
- Medical Lab Assistant $23/hr
- Medical Device Reprocessing Tech. $23/hr
Training programs can be very demanding on your energy and time so plan ahead.
Funding is available through Student Aid Alberta for all programs at ABES College. Expert advisors will help you to apply for full funding including grants.
A career in the medical field is challenging. For people who are caring and empathetic it is without a doubt very rewarding.
Do you have the personality for the job?
Different medical professions need different skills and strengths, but they share some traits.
You need to be able to work under pressure and handle a lot of responsibility.
You must realize that a person’s health and sometimes their life depend on the quality of your work.
Most roles demand excellent teamwork and communication skills. You will work with people of all age groups and cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
You will often have to work long and odd hours, which requires a lot of flexibility and resilience.
Where do you want to work?
If you want to work on the frontlines of healthcare, you might want to work in a hospital, care facility, or clinic.
If you’re good with children, you could work as a Community Support Worker in a resource center.
CSWs also work with disabled people in their homes or in care facilities.
If you want to assist senior citizens you should become a Health Care Aide. As an HCA you could work in a hostpital, an assisted living community or long term care facility.
Medical Lab Assistants work in hospitals, diagnostic testing laboratories, clinics, and research centers. Their duties include collecting blood specimens, reception duties, and inputing and analyzing data.
If you do not want to interact with patients you could work as a Medical Device Reprocessing Technician. They work in sterile processing departments and do not interact with patients.
What kind of healthcare job do you want?
Deciding what healthcare career you want is an important first step. There are several kinds of medical careers:
Clinical careers (frontline professionals like Health Care Aides and Medical Lab Assistants).
Clinical support careers (clerical workers like Unit Clerks).
Corporate medical work (such as legal, IT, and Fincance).
Physicians (doctors and surgeons who need years of training).
If you’re good with people and like teamwork you could work as a Health Care Aide or a Community Support Worker.
If you’re a very meticulous and well-organized person, you would be an ideal Unit Clerk.