Emerging occupations typically result from:
- an increased human need (for example, improved patient protection)
- technological advances
- greater specialization within an occupation.
Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. As a result, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans are already working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for infection control professionals is unknown.
Infection control professionals work in:
- health centres
- provincial and federal government
- group homes
- other health care settings.
Infection control professionals are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3124: Allied primary health practitioners. In Alberta, 92% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance [pdf] industry.
The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:
- trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
- size of the occupation.
In Alberta, the D112: Registered Nurses occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.6% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 1620 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.
Demand for infection control professionals is expected to continue growing in Alberta as the province's Infection Prevention and Control strategy is further developed and implemented.