Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers (NOC 4165)

About this job

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Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers:

  • do research, produce reports and manage health-care policies and programs.
  • work for government departments and agencies, consulting establishments, universities, research institutes, hospitals, community agencies, educational institutions, professional associations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations
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Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$70,660

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year)). Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Note:Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Duties

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers:

  • help develop government health policy by reviewing related written material, doing interviews, collecting and analysing statistics, and providing advice to senior managers and officials on issues such as health promotion, regulation, standards and financing
  • design and carry out health projects or programs
  • maintain, update and manage health information databases
  • collect and analyse statistics provided by private and public health-care institutions and organizations and produce reports
  • monitor and evaluate health-care programs operated by government departments and agencies or private organizations
  • assess compliance with health standards and identify remedial action if necessary
  • do assessments of health projects and programs
  • offer consulting services to clients in private establishments or government departments or agencies
  • respond to internal and external program and policy information requests
  • produce newsletters, magazines and other documents to provide information to association or organization members or the general public
  • present the views of an association or organization to politicians, government officials, the media or the general public

Special duties

Health policy researchers, consultants and program officers may specialize in a particular area of health policy development, research or program administration such as addiction research.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a conventional indoor office setting.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in health science, public administration, recreation administration or hospital administration, or a bachelor's degree in social science, is required.
  • A graduate degree in health, social science or an administrative discipline may be required.
  • Several years of experience in the health field as a health care professional or as a community or social service worker are usually required.

Skills

  • Innovative
  • Methodical
  • Directive
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
  • General Learning Ability
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Environmental/Occupational Health
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health/Medical - General
  • Human Kinetics/Kinesiology/Physical Education
  • Recreation Leadership Related
  • Rehabilitation/Therapeutic Services

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
120
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
50
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
10
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,470
Average annual employment growth:
1.6%
Expected number of job openings:
1,100
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
30
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
260
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
120
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
610
Average annual employment growth:
1.5%
Expected number of job openings:
290

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Note:Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.