Emerging occupations typically are the result of:
- 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. 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 infection control professionals is unknown.
Infection control professionals work in:
- health centres
- 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 in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors, including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
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.