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Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)

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NOC:3219
Occupation:Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (except Dental Health)
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

This group includes medical technologists and technicians not elsewhere classified, such as dietary technicians, pharmacy technicians, ocularists, prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians. Dietary technicians are employed in health care and commercial food service establishments such as hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, schools, cafeterias and fast food outlets. Pharmacy technicians are employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Ocularists are employed in custom ocular prosthetic laboratories, or they may be self-employed. Prosthetists, orthotists and prosthetic and orthotic technicians are employed in hospitals, clinics, prosthetics and orthotics laboratories, and prosthetic device manufacturing companies and may also be self-employed.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Dietary technicians assist dietitians or nutritionists to plan and supervise food service operations; plan menus and diet for individuals or groups under the direction of a dietitian or nutritionist; assist in the supervision of personnel who prepare and serve food; help patients select menu items; and assist dietitians with research in food, nutrition and food service systems.
  • Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists to maintain inventories of medications and prescription records of pharmaceutical products; ensure the information on prescriptions is accurate, enter client information in databases and prepare medications for clients; compound oral solutions, ointments and creams; bill third party insurers; and may help with scheduling and workflow.
  • Ocularists design, fabricate and fit ocular prostheses and conformers, and may design and fabricate implants; paint the iris and pupil of artificial eyes; clean and restore ocular prostheses; advise patients concerning the loss of depth perception and the care and use of ocular prostheses; repair and maintain fabrication and laboratory equipment; and consult with ophthalmologists concerning insertion of ocular prostheses.
  • Prosthetists and orthotists design, fabricate and fit prosthetic and orthotic appliances such as artificial limbs, braces or supports; interpret physicians' specifications and examine and measure patients to develop working sketches of appliances; make and modify plaster casts of areas to receive prostheses or orthoses; fit, adjust and repair appliances; advise patients in the use and care of prostheses and orthoses; and supervise and direct the activities of prosthetic and orthotic technicians.
  • Prosthetic and orthotic technicians assemble or build prosthetic and orthotic appliances according to drawings, measurements and plaster casts using a variety of materials such as metals, plastics and leathers; repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances or orthopedic footwear; and may take the body or limb measurements of patients.
Sample job titles:
  • certified prosthetist-orthotist (CPO)
  • dietary technician
  • kidney dialysis technician
  • ocularist
  • orthotic technician
  • pharmacy technician
  • prosthetic aide
  • registered orthotic technician (R.T.O.)
  • registered prosthetic technician (R.T.P.)
  • surgical fitter
Skills:

These jobs require good communication skills, the ability to work in a team, a methodical approach and attention to detail. Good near vision may be required. Ocularists and prosthetists also require patience and the ability to do precise work with their hands.

Job requirements:
  • Dietary technicians require completion of a two- to three-year college program in dietary technology and supervised practical training.
  • Pharmacy technicians usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in pharmaceutics.
  • Ocularists require completion of the ocularist training program of the American Society of Ocularists and supervised practical training or a five-year supervised practical training program under a certified ocularist.
  • Certification by the National Examining Board of Ocularists is usually required.
  • Prosthetists and orthotists require a two-year college program in prosthetics and orthotics technology and three years of supervised practical training.
  • Certification by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) may be required.
  • Prosthetic and orthotic technicians usually require a two- to three- year college program in prosthetics and orthotics and one to two years of supervised practical training or completion of secondary school and up to four years of supervised practical training under a certified prosthetist or orthotist.
  • Registration with the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CAPO) may be required.
Other considerations:

This is a grouping of jobs filled by a small number of highly specialized individuals. Openings for new positions may be rare. Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may become certified prosthetists or orthotists with an additional two years of experience as a registered prosthetic or orthotic technician and completion of certification examinations by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Good

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 1,400. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (except Dental Health) most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed, which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 55% of Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (except Dental Health) who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $30,653. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)1,320Strong growth190Low
Minimum: $12.25
Median: $16.85
Maximum: $24.45
Minimum: $6,891
Median: $26,503
Maximum: $46,077
Occupations in Health36,515Strong growth4,385Low
Minimum: $16.38
Median: $25.50
Maximum: $41.00
Minimum: $10,740
Median: $43,853
Maximum: $88,944
Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)Compared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time78%77%
Percent self-employed82%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)Compared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern8%x12%$30,581
Northern17%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton19%x13%$32,974
Halifax41%$43,55947%$41,209
Annapolis Valley15%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)Compared to: All Health
% Employed% Employed
15-2410%1%
25-3434%15%
35-4429%28%
45-5418%31%
55-649%20%
65+N/A5%
Median Age3544
GenderOther Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)Compared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
Female90%84%
Male10%16%
EducationOther Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)Compared to: All Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolxx1.1%$27,581
High school19.1%x6.9%$24,119
Trades certificate3.2%x5.0%$31,728
College certificate or diploma52.3%$41,00239.4%$36,693
University certificate or diploma1.8%x4.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degree19.9%x27.6%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diploma1.4%x2.3%$61,833
Master's degreexx5.1%$87,808
Doctorate1.4%x0.7%$70,843
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxx7.2%$83,000
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

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Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
Pharmacy Technician
Right to Title and Practice:This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.
Regulating body:
Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists
1559 Brunswick Street, Suite 200
Halifax, NS B3J 2G1
(902) 422-8528
(902) 422-0885
info@nspharmacists.ca 
Useful contacts:
Orthotics Prosthetics Canada
202 - 300 March Road
Ottawa, ON K2K 2E2
Tel: (613) 595-1919
Fax: (613) 595-1155
info@opcanada.ca
American Society of Ocularists
1001 Mohawk Street, Suite 16
Bakersfield, CA - USA 93309
Tel: (866) 973-4066
Fax: (661) 634-0595
info@ocularist.org

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Dietetic technician (DTR)
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of registered dietitians and nutritionists, to implement nutritional and dietetic plans and provide direct client and patient services. These programs include courses in human nutrition, client interviewing and record keeping, dietary planning, food preparation and safety, food worker supervision, food service establishment monitoring and inspection, and applicable procedures and regulations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Dietitian assistant
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to assist registered dietitians in planning, preparing and serving meals to individuals with specific dietary needs. These programs include courses in equipment use, food preparation, diet regulations, food handling, safety and sanitary standards and administrative techniques and procedures.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Orthoptics/orthoptist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of ophthalmologists, to analyse, evaluate, and treat specific disorders of vision, eye movement, and eye alignment in children and adults. These programs include courses in eye anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology, pharmacology, ophthalmic optics, diagnostic testing and measurement, orthoptic treatment therapy, systemic ocular diseases and disorders, principles of surgery, examination techniques, patient education, child psychology and development, learning disabilities, medical writing, and record-keeping.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Pharmacy technician/assistant
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of pharmacists, to prepare medications, provide medications and related assistance to patients, and manage pharmacy clinical and business operations. These programs include courses in medical and pharmaceutical terminology; principles of pharmacology and pharmaceutics; drug identification; pharmacy laboratory procedures; prescription interpretation; patient communication and education; safety procedures; record-keeping; measurement and testing techniques; pharmacy business operations; prescription preparation; logistics and dispensing operations; and applicable standards and regulations.
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Cape Breton Business College
315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier
Sydney, NS B1N 3B1
(902) 564-2222
info@cbbc.ns.ca
Eastern College - Halifax
6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111
Halifax, NS B3L 0B7
(902) 423-3933
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Vision science/physiological optics
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of vision, visual processes, and related phenomena and clinical research and treatment modalities. These programs include courses in ocular anatomy and physiology, microbiology of the eye, electrophysiology, neurophysiology, corneal physiology, photochemistry, psychophysics, visual biophysics and motor systems, sensory mechanisms and photoreception, eye circulation and metabolism, geometric and physical optics, ocular development across the lifespan, visual stimuli and perception, colour vision, eye motility, biometrics and measurement techniques, visual pathology, and environmental issues.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
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