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Other Assisting Workers in Support of Health Services

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NOC:3414
Occupation:Other Heath Services Assistants
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

People in these jobs provide specialized services and assistance to healthcare professionals and other health care staff. This group includes pharmacy aides, orthopedic technologists, optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians, rehabilitation assistants, sterile processing technicians, blood donor clinic assistants, and morgue attendants. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, offices of health care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, pharmacies, and medical pathology laboratories.

Job duties:
The following is a summary of main duties for some jobs in this group:
  • Orthopedic technologists assist orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries by applying and adjusting casts, splints, bandages and other orthopedic devices; assisting in the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction equipment; cleaning and dressing wounds; and removing casts, sutures, staples and pins. They also instruct patients and their families and other health care professionals with respect to orthopedic matters.
  • Rehabilitation assistants prepare and maintain equipment and supplies; assist in activities for the rehabilitation of patients as directed by health care professionals and may perform routine office functions.
  • Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses into frames; make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames; and maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.
  • Pharmacy aides help pharmacists and other pharmacy staff with packaging and labelling of pharmaceutical products and may help in maintaining prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products.
  • Sterile processing technicians operate and maintain sterilization equipment such as instrument washers, sonic sinks, cart washers and steam autoclaves to clean and disinfect trays, carts, linens, supplies, instrumentation and equipment for re-use according to standardized safety practices. They reassemble equipment and assemble packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments.
  • Blood donor clinic assistants set up and dismantle equipment; prepare and maintain cleanliness of collection areas; maintain supplies; record information on donors; monitor donors throughout procedure and assist with post-donation care and donor reaction care as assigned under supervision of a registered nurse; and label and process donated blood.
  • Morgue attendants assist pathologists at autopsies by laying out surgical instruments; preparing solutions for preservation of specimens; transferring bodies from morgue to examining table; removing organs and tissue specimens, as instructed by attending pathologist, and placing them in preservative solutions; and cleaning and sewing up bodies for release to funeral home.
Sample job titles:
  • central supply aide - medical
  • clinical laboratory helper
  • emergency room attendant
  • morgue attendant
  • occupational therapy aide
  • optical technician
  • pharmacy aide
  • recreation therapy assistant
  • rehabilitation assistant
  • surgical assistant
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should have good interpersonal skills and a desire to help others. Patience and the ability to handle stressful situations may be needed. You must be efficient and accurate, yet sensitive to the needs of clients. Hand-eye coordination and an aptitude for detailed and precise work are necessary.

Job requirements:
  • Orthopedic technologists usually require completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training or a college orthopedic technologist program.
  • Registration with the Canadian Society of Orthopedic Technologists is available and may be required by employers.
  • Health care courses or short-term college programs related to the work of medical therapy assistants, such as recreational therapy programs, are available and may be required by employers.
  • Pharmacy aides require completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training.
  • Sterile processing technicians require completion of secondary school and a six- to nine-month sterile processing college program.
  • Completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training are usually required for other assisting jobs in this group.
Other considerations:

None

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 moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. 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 Heath Services Assistants most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 53% of Other Heath Services Assistants who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $35,932. 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 Assisting Workers in Support of Health Services825Strong growth140Moderate
Minimum: $12.70
Median: $18.65
Maximum: $22.00
Minimum: $5,546
Median: $29,124
Maximum: $46,950
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 Assisting Workers in Support of Health ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time75%77%
Percent self-employed0%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentOther Assisting Workers in Support of Health ServicesCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern13%x12%$30,581
Northern17%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton12%x13%$32,974
Halifax46%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley13%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeOther Assisting Workers in Support of Health ServicesCompared to: All Health
% Employed% Employed
15-2416%1%
25-3416%15%
35-4417%28%
45-5425%31%
55-6423%20%
65+3%5%
Median Age4144
GenderOther Assisting Workers in Support of Health ServicesCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
Female82%84%
Male18%16%
EducationOther Assisting Workers in Support of Health ServicesCompared to: All Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school3.7%$29,5821.1%$27,581
High school29.9%$24,6496.9%$24,119
Trades certificate7.0%$35,9455.0%$31,728
College certificate or diploma41.7%$34,36339.4%$36,693
University certificate or diploma5.3%$30,0554.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degree11.2%$22,16227.6%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diploma1.1%x2.3%$61,833
Master's degreeN/A$33,3625.1%$87,808
Doctorate1.1%x0.7%$70,843
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax7.2%$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.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 715A
North York, ON M3C 3S2
Tel: (416) 445-4516
Fax: (416) 489-7356
csot@look.ca
Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians
9-6975 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Suite 164
Mississauga, ON L5N 2V7
Tel: (416) 410-1142
Fax: (416) 410-1142
info@capt.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Chiropractic assistant/technician
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 a chiropractor, to provide patient management, examination, and treatment services. These programs include courses in the principles and procedures of chiropractic; radiographic X-ray procedures and techniques; X-ray film analysis and media studies; orthopedic and neurological testing; clinical laboratory procedures; patient management and education; office administrative skills; and applicable laws and regulations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
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:Therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy
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 to plan, organize, and direct recreational activities designed to promote health and well-being for patients who are physically, mentally, or emotionally disabled. These programs include courses in the foundations of therapeutic recreation, leisure education and counselling, program planning, therapeutic recreational modalities, basic anatomy and physiology, psychology, medical terminology, human growth and development, patient observation and evaluation, special needs populations, and professional standards and ethics.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute
80 Mawiomi Place
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5
(902) 491-1100
waterfront.info@nscc.ca
Additional resources:

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