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“It’s just like a lot of other skilled health professionals – they are widely sought after all over the place and everybody’s in competition for them,” said Collins.
In order to recruit for such a position, representatives from Northern Heath would attend career fairs at BC Institute of Technology and both the Northern and Southern Alberta Institutes of Technology (NAIT and SAIT), as well as posting the positions with the professional society that sonographers belong to, and placing ads in journals and on relevant websites.
“It is a competitive recruitment environment for these positions, with a national shortage of people with the skills,” said Collins.
“In the case of BCIT for example, only 24 new techs graduate each year,” she said.
“This is a really positive development that’s going to improve the availability of services for people in four communities and points in between.”