Two major trends that will impact careers in healthcare are the aging population and the prevalence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, which are the biggest drivers of health care costs in Canada.
Judith Shamian, President of the Canadian Nurses Association says “we must think through how we organize healthcare services for the growing population of seniors. The goal is to keep seniors healthy and able to live in their own homes for as long as possible.”
By 2025, one quarter of Canadians will be older than 65 and three in four of seniors will be suffering from a chronic illness. These trends create a demand for an adequate supply of appropriately trained professionals.
The aging population creates a demand for health care providers who specialize in working with the elderly.
Home Health Care
Research shows that seniors who require continued care after being released from hospital do better when they return to their homes and are treated by healthcare professionals specializing in home health care.
Manpower forecasts that non-clinical jobs such as medical clerks and assistants required to support clinical staff will increase as a result.
Engineering and technology also plays a vital role in healthcare; from developing senior friendly tools and equipment to memory aids and personal emergency response systems.