A look at the Canadian healthcare workforce:
Size: In 2006, just over 1,000,000 people in Canada worked directly in health occupations; this represented 6 per cent of the total Canadian workforce.
Growth: From 1996 to 2005, growth of health professions varied; for example, dental hygienists experienced a growth of 45 per cent, pharmacists 29 per cent and medical laboratory technologists 6 per cent.
Age and sex: Women make up the majority of the health workforce
(77 per cent compared to 47 per cent in the general workforce). The
health workforce is also slightly older than the general working
population, at an average age of 41.9, compared to a Canadian
average of 39.6 in 2005.
Source:CIHI - Canada's Health Care Providers, 2007
Date published: 12-03-07
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