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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.

  • Avg. Salary N/A
  • Avg. Wage N/A
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 41,600
  • In Demand High
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) 
Skills Shortage*

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

29%
29%
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Infection Control Professional occupation
Average Wage*
Starting
Overall
Top
*This data is for a NOC group that is similar to the Infection Control Professional occupation
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Interest Codes
The Infection Control Professional is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).

*The Infection Control Professional is similar to this NOC group
Registered Nurses
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.

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 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.

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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

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.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
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.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most emerging occupations develop from more than one occupation. Infection control professionals may come from a variety of education and training backgrounds. Prior to 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.

Grant MacEwan University

Mount Royal University

University of Calgary

University of Lethbridge

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

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 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:

  • hospitals
  • health centres
  • clinics
  • 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.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Often there are too few people working in an emerging occupation to gather survey information. Therefore, no overall salary data specific to infection control professionals is currently available.

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.


*The infection control professional is similar to this NOC group
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $36.86 $38.09 $36.97 $36.86
Overall $42.59 $44.64 $42.88 $42.61
Top $48.37 $50.67 $48.76 $48.37

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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.

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.


Industry Information
Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

43%
43%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

29%
29%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

Vacancy Rate

1%
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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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

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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