by Ethan Paquet
Healthcare jobs have been in constant demand on PEI for many years. This dynamic sector offers opportunities for employment in many different areas.
According to Health PEI, there are currently over 6,000 full-time, part-time, and casual staff (not including staff on leave) working in nine long-term care facilities, eight addictions sites, seven mental health sites, seven hospitals, and five primary-care sites. An additional number of employees work in private sector healthcare.
A great way to explore healthcare options is to check out the 2020 Guide of Health Professions, published by the Government of PEI’s Health and Wellness department. The guide features key information about more than 60 health career opportunities on PEI. This includes 13 different fields, plus health careers in the private and non-profit sectors.
Over its 50 pages, the guide lists details such as roles and duties associated with a job, average salary, minimum academic requirements, the educational institutes in Atlantic Canada offering training for that field, and more.
Other careers in the health field not listed in the guide include chefs, service workers, IT support, finance specialists, administrative roles, and more.
To download the 2020 Guide of Health Professions, visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/sites/default/files/publications/2020_guide_final_lr_en_4.pdf
For more information about careers listed in the guide, visit www.HealthJobsPEI.ca or contact the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat at 902-620-3872.
One profile from the 2020 Health Professions Guide
Medical Dosimetrist: Using computer software to plan cancer treatment
The PEI Cancer Treatment Centre (PEICTC) delivers two types of treatment: Medical Oncology Services and Radiation Oncology Services. One of the many important jobs in Radiation Oncology is that of the Medical Dosimetrist.
A Medical Dosimetrist specializes in planning Radiation Oncology treatments using computer software. They need to know the effects of radiation treatment and how to calculate the doses of radiation to assist the medical physicist or radiation oncologist.
The average salary for this position on PEI ranges from $91,000 to $107,000.
The Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) offers a Dosimetry Specialty Certificate program. To be eligible, candidates must have at least two years of work experience after certification as a radiation therapist.
For more information, visit www.camrt.ca/professional-development/certificate-programs/cdc/
The American Association of Medical Dosimetrists also applies to Canada. For more information, visit www.medicaldosimetry.org/about/certified/
Check out the career path brochure at https://pubs.medicaldosimetry.org/pub/D870692F-F085-AAB4-C6F6-DDE8B9F3DB46
For more about working in PEI’s healthcare industry, visit www.employmentjourney.com/industries/healthcare