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Emerging Occupations

Infection Control Professional

Infection control professionals work in health care settings. They ensure infection prevention and control (IPC) standards are upheld. Their work protects patients and health care workers from the spread of infection.

This is an emerging occupation. It may have evolved from an existing occupation or appeared in response to consumer needs or advances in technology.

Also Known As

Environmental Health Officer, Infection Control Practitioner, Infection Prevention and Control Practitioner, Infection Prevention and Control Professional, Infection Preventionist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

This occupation has not yet received an official NOC code. However, it is considered similar to the following historical NOC codes. CAUTION—As this occupation is only similar to these NOC codes, related details and labour market information may not be accurate:

  • 2006 NOC: Registered Nurses (3152) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Registered Nurses (D112) 
  • 2011 NOC: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012) 
  • 2016 NOC: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Registered Nurses*
2006 NOC : 3152

Interest Codes


*The Infection Control Professional is similar to this NOC group
Interest Codes for This NOC Group
SOCIAL

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

METHODICAL

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

DIRECTIVE

Interest combinations are unique to each of the occupations in this National Occupational Classification (NOC) group. Please consult the 2003 NOC Career Handbook for further information.

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Infection control professionals are expert consultants. They provide direction to leaders and staff regarding best practices for infection prevention and control (IPC) in health care settings. This can include hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, and group homes. Their goal is to minimize risk to patients, staff, and visitors by helping others prevent the spread of infections in their practices.

Infection control professionals:

  • help develop IPC policies, procedures, education programs and operating strategies
  • conduct surveillance of health care-acquired infections
  • follow IPC-related best practices (as an example to other health care workers)
  • educate and train staff and students on IPC practices
  • prepare and submit reports detailing IPC surveillance, compliance and strategies
  • keep up with IPC standards and guidelines (developed by Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services or Health Canada) as they apply to the specific health care setting
  • perform risk management assessments
  • conduct literature reviews on IPC, study the findings, suggest changes and follow up (as needed)
  • co-ordinate outbreak management.

Infection control professionals work closely with many other health care providers, such as:

  • environmental health officers
  • epidemiologists
  • licensed practical nurses
  • medical laboratory technologists
  • physicians
  • registered nurses
  • sterile processing technicians
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary

Hours of work may vary. Infection control professionals may work full time, part time, or casual hours. They often work standard weekday hours. However, they may work some weekend and holiday shifts. Some infection control professionals are on call during off hours. Those working outside of Edmonton or Calgary may travel to assigned sites to provide service.

Infection control professionals must follow best practices. They must observe safety guidelines and precautions and standards related to the care of patients with infectious diseases. This protects their patients, themselves, and other health care workers from the spread of infection.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Infection control professionals need to possess:

  • people skills
  • the ability to work on their own and as part of a team
  • speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the ability to resolve conflicts
  • the ability to be well organized
  • multitasking skills
  • analytical skills.

They should enjoy:

  • working with people
  • following guidelines and procedures
  • aligning operations with standards and regulations.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

* The Infection Control Professional is similar to this NOC group

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses*

NOC code: 3012

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 85 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 27, 2021 and Jun 23, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Personal Suitability: Excellent written communication
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Personal Suitability: Organized
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Personal Suitability: Accurate
Personal Suitability: Team player
Assess patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
Personal Suitability: Client focus
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation. People working in this occupation may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should contact associations and employers in this field to investigate education options and employment possibilities.

Infection control professionals usually need at least a bachelor’s degree. This might be in nursing or another health-related science. They also need experience working in a health care setting.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Certification Not Regulated

After being hired, infection control professionals are often expected to become certified in infection prevention and control. They can do this through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology (CBIC). Successful applicants may use the CBIC credentials.

As well, infection control professionals are often required to be licensed members of an applicable regulatory body. This could include the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA), or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA).

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Emerging occupations typically are the result of:

  • An increased human need
  • Technological advances
  • Greater specialization within an occupation

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, it can be difficult to define advancement opportunities or employment outlook. Some Albertans already are working in this emerging occupation, but future demand for it is unknown.

Infection control professionals work in:

  • hospitals
  • health centres
  • clinics
  • provincial and federal government
  • group homes
  • other health care settings.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 3012: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses* occupational group, 95.8% of people work in:

*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Infection Control Professional occupation.

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment

Explore emerging workplace trends in Alberta that could affect this occupation.

In Alberta, the 3012: Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses* occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.6% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 1361 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Infection Control Professional occupation.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no current provincial salary data is available for this occupation.

Earnings also vary by employer. For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses*

2016 NOC : 3012
*The infection control professional is similar to this NOC group
Average Wage
$45.40
Per Hour
Average Salary
$70,429.00
Per Year
Average Hours
29.8
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 3012 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $35.47 $37.60 $36.48 $36.86
Overall $40.00 $47.05 $45.40 $46.38
Top $46.30 $56.44 $53.60 $56.22

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
65%
65%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
35%
35%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
13%
13%
Vacancy Rate
3%
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Alberta Health Services, career profiles web page: www.albertahealthservices.ca/careers

Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology website: www.cbic.org

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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