With a growing and aging population and workforce – Statistics Canada estimates that by 2030 there will be an additional 1 million people in the Greater Toronto Area and one in four will be age 60 and older – combined with new technologies, restructured health care systems, stressful working environments, and new views on disability and lifestyle, the demand for health professionals is strong and will continue to grow.
Although Canadians are living longer (to age 81 years on average), they are also living in poor health as more than two million Canadians currently live with type 2 diabetes and more than two-thirds of Canadians are overweight or obese – putting more Canadians at risk for chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and that number is projected to rise. Mental health challenges are also on the rise with one in five Canadians expected to experience a mental health crisis such as depression or anxiety disorder at some point in their life that will cost an estimated $51 billion annually in health care costs and lost productivity according to Statistics Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. These challenges are not restricted to Canada but are a worldwide phenomenon and will continue to require health professionals from a variety of fields (Psychology, Kinesiology & Health Science, Nursing, Global Health, and Health Policy & Management) if we are to ensure that health and health care systems are sustainable for future generations.
The good news is the career prospects for health graduates are impressive. According to reports from Workopolis and the Council of Ontario Universities, health graduates are landing jobs within their fields within six months of graduation. Employment rates range from 100 per cent employment within six months in medicine, as well as therapy & rehabilitation, 92 per cent in nursing, 91 per cent in kinesiology, recreation and phys-ed, and 85 per cent in health professions which covers a wide variety of careers including health care managers, data analysts, health policy researchers and analysts, health systems managers and specialists, health finance and human resources professionals. Moreover, the average starting annual salary for health graduates ($69,600) is second only to that of engineering graduates.*
*Workopolis (2014 report), Council of Ontario Universities (2013 Grad Survey)
Check out our career pages below to see what our graduates are doing to give you an idea of the many career options available. Within the pages are links to helpful websites that provide additional information. York’s Career Centre (http://careers.yorku.ca/students-and-new-grads/services-events/) also provides current students and new graduates with a variety of services to help you get your career started including career exploration and job search workshops, as well as individual appointments on job search advising and resume and cover letter feedback.