Cool Jobs in Public Sector Health Care
When most people think public sector health care, they think nurses and doctors. They’d be right - but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Health care and the responsibilities of government have changed a lot over the years. It’s not just about straight medical care, which means the career opportunities are pretty amazing.
For example, what if you could get a job playing with cool gadgets, getting sneak peeks of concerts and spending time out of the office?
You can, as a Radiation Inspector with Health Canada.
A Radiation Inspector’s job is to ensure tanning beds, X-ray machines, power lines and laser pointers do not emit a higher level of radiation than what is considered safe for the public. But not only do they inspect radiation equipment, they also help conduct laser light show risk assessments to ensure outdoor light shows at concerts don’t interfere with passing airplanes. So next time U2 has a concert at the Toronto Skydome with the lid cracked open, think about the Health Canada Radiation Inspector who saw it first.
And if a Radiation Inspector isn’t your thing but your love the health care field, why not consider a job as a policy analyst?
This 9 to 5 job keeps you free from the grind of shift work in a hospital and still allows you to make a difference in the world of health care.
The options for policy analysts are endless. From researching and developing solutions to providing care for Canada’s aging population to suggesting new protocol to aid in infection control. Whether it’s deciding if a new drug can be prescribed to Canadians or developing a new strategy to improve the health care of young women on First Nation reserves, somebody has to make those decisions.
Why shouldn’t that someone be you?
Front line health care workers help save lives, but they do so within established policy parameters. Rather than enforce or follow the rules, a policy analyst gets to make them.
And if you’re interested in more conventional health care work, the public service still has loads of options. Do you like to travel? Have your heart set on being a doctor, but can’t afford the tuition?
Ever considered the Canadian Forces?
With a team of more than 2,400 full-time and 900 part-time health care professionals, the Canadian military is full of opportunities for health care workers in Canada and overseas. This multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, biomedical electronics technicians, X-ray technicians, health care administrators, and others.
The best part? The Canadian Forces will pay not only pay for the tuition and textbooks of Canadian medical students; they also pay enlisted students a salary of $44,000 and $51,000. This makes it possible for a lot of students to graduate debt free.
So if you’re looking for a cool healthcare job, think about the Canadian Public Service.