Canada’s Best Jobs 2014: Head Nurse & Medical Supervisor

Aging populations need nurses

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Head Nurse

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Median Salary: $76,960
Change in salary (2007–2013): +18%
Total employees: 22,300

Canada’s aging population increasingly needs nurses to help deal with creaky joints, failing eyesight and other ailments. With Baby Boomers starting to hit retirement age, an estimated 20% of Canadians will be over 65 by 2020, and the health care sector is scrambling to staff up as well. That growth also requires specialized health-sector managers to oversee the changes that are coming.

How to qualify: In nursing fields, the usual standard is a four-year nursing degree, followed by clinical experience and, increasingly, management training (either an MBA or the more specialized master of health administration).

Money: Salaries typically range from about $85,000 to $105,000, and some receive premiums for postsecondary education or working evenings and weekends.

Opportunity: Ottawa projects a 30% shortage of nursing supervisors (and nurses overall) by 2020. According to the Canadian Nurses Association, around 25% of nurses currently in the workforce are over age 55, meaning the profession itself faces an aging population that will need replenishment in the years ahead.

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