Median Salary: $90,625.60
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +13%
Total Employees: 30,000
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +7%
By 2020, about 20% of Canadians will be over age 65, which means jobs in health-care management—a variety of positions ranging from research lab managers to nursing-home administrators. There’s tremendous demand for Registered Nurses in the job market—and they aren’t going to manage themselves. This class of medical mandarins are the ones who coordinate all these crucial activities.
How to qualify: While they’re not manning the bunsen burners themselves, most laboratory managers have a degree in science and subsequent training at a college, university or technical institute. Business management degrees are becoming increasingly valued, so consider an MBA or other certification.
Money: Salaries typically range from about $85,000 to $105,000, and some receive premiums for postsecondary education or, in medical contexts, working evenings and weekends.
Opportunity: With the rise of personalized medicine, one of the biggest areas of growth is genetic testing. Reports suggest that by 2017 genetic laboratory budgets will consume up to two-thirds of total laboratory budgets, so consider the value of specializing.