Are health care careers recession-proof?

Are health care careers recession-proof?

If you’re considering registering for our health care aide course or one of our other medical career programs, you may be questioning what lies ahead should you pursue this path. 


Though the vast majority of our graduates get placed in positions at Calgary clinics and hospitals immediately following their studies, you may wonder how medical careers hold up when there’s a recession. Are health care jobs recession-proof? Will attending our school guarantee you employment in all economic conditions? While no industry is entirely immune to downturns in the economy, health care jobs are among the most protected when times are tough. Here’s why.

No outsourcing

The outsourcing of jobs is rampant among Canadian companies. Countless jobs in telecommunications, IT, finance, and manufacturing get offshored every year. Medical sector careers however, aren’t suited to outsourcing. These are jobs that must be done locally as the tasks involved cannot be performed elsewhere. 


Numerous positions available each year

Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in Canada and many new positions open up every year. There are several reasons for this trend, including the need to fill positions of those retiring, the emergence of new positions due to developing technologies, and an increasing need for medical care providers owing to ever increasing numbers of elderly patients.

Aging population

As of 2015 approximately one in six—5,780,900—Canadians are aged 65 years or older. This number is only expected to rise and by 2036 a full 25 per cent of our nation will be comprised of seniors. With age often comes an increasing need for medical services and extended care, ensuring an increase in the number of health care jobs that will need to be filled.

There will always be sick people 

While some careers may become redundant due to new technologies and shifts in the global market, illnesses, injuries and diseases will always be a part of the human experience. The result is a guaranteed future need for medical sector workers.

How our school positions you for a successful career

Alberta Business & Educational Services is a vocational school that has several health care programs, each of which provides the kind of hands on training that will ensure job-readiness upon graduation. In addition we have close ties with Alberta Health Services and Calgary Laboratory Services that allow us to tailor our programs to the real needs of Alberta’s medical community and also provide practicums in hospitals, clinics and labs. The medical programs at our school in Calgary have a strong reputation in the community and the employment rate among our graduates is 90 per cent. To find out more about ABES or to begin the application process contact us today.

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