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Recently a Globe and Mail focus story told us that; “the most unhappy people live in cities where the income is the highest. The happiest Canadians live in the Atlantic provinces where the citizens are the poorest.” Those who earn less seem to enjoy it more.

Here is a list/description of the Top Ten Careers in Canada for 2009. The vast majority of the people are involved in helping/ making a difference in society.

Nurse Practitioners: As healthcare provision continues to grow in non-hospital settings, the openings for nurse practitioners will provide a level of direct medical care to an ageing population.

Program Analysts: As digital technology continues to advance, the need for skilled analysts and programmers will continue to grow.

Physicians and Surgeons: As our doctors age there is a huge need to increase the number of physicians and surgeons.

Pharmacists: Pharmaceutical care is now an integral partner in identifying, resolving and preventing medication-related problems.

Psychiatrists: Doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness are in short supply.

Radiological Technicians: Government of Canada economists expect job growth MRI /Cat Scan trained specialists needs to be very high.

Registered Nurses: Changes in the healthcare system continues the opportunities for nurses.

Physiotherapists: Provide treatment programs to assess patients and provide care to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning to alleviate pain.

Funeral Directors: The statistics show us that morticians are among the most happiest people in the land. Everyone sooner or later will avail themselves of their services.
No one ever complains and the remuneration is high.

Looking forward each day going to work is not based solely on money or prestige. The paradox of modern times is that we that we spend more and enjoy it less.

We often times have learned to make a living, but not a life. Perhaps more is not necessarily better. Careers based on the ’Golden Handcuffs’ formula where the remuneration is high but the job satisfaction is low is sure hard to do. It is not how much money you make but rather how much you spend that is important.

The late Sam Katz, founder of the Cherry Hill development. taught me that no matter how much wealth you acquire: you can only eat one piece of bread at a time. A young man gives up his health for money. Sadly when he gets older he can not buy back his health.

Len Lesser

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