Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals

(NOC 3125)

in All Health

These jobs include health professionals who diagnose and treat the diseases and injuries of patients and who are not elsewhere classified. This includes doctors of podiatric medicine, chiropodists and podiatrists, naturopaths, orthoptists and osteopathic manual practitioners. They work in private practices, clinics and hospitals.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 15 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

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 not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. However, competition for positions may be low due to few qualified jobseekers. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some 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 Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 48% of Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $47,309. 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)

Hourly Pay

N/A

Minimum

N/A

Median

N/A

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$44,444

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

These jobs include health professionals who diagnose and treat the diseases and injuries of patients and who are not elsewhere classified. This includes doctors of podiatric medicine, chiropodists and podiatrists, naturopaths, orthoptists and osteopathic manual practitioners. They work in private practices, clinics and hospitals.

Job duties

The following is a summary of the main duties for some jobs in this group:

  • Doctors of podiatric medicine are primary care practitioners who diagnose diseases, deformities and injuries of the human foot and communicate diagnoses to patients. They treat patients using braces, casts, shields, orthotic devices, physical therapy, or prescribed medications. Doctors of podiatric medicine may also perform surgery on the bones of the forefoot and the subcutaneous soft tissues of the foot.
  • Chiropodists and diploma or first-degree trained podiatrists diagnose diseases, deformities and injuries of the human foot and treat patients using braces, casts, shields, orthotic devices, physical therapy and subcutaneous soft-tissue foot surgery.
  • Naturopaths diagnose patients' diseases and disorders and employ natural methods of healing such as acupuncture and acupressure, spinal manipulation, reflexology, hydrotherapy, herbal medicines, biochemical therapy, clinical nutrition, homeopathy and counselling in their treatment.
  • Orthoptists work alongside ophthalmologists in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders by performing specialized eye tests to measure and assess defective binocular vision or abnormal eye movement in patients and prescribing treatment such as eye exercises or patching regimens.
  • Osteopaths use hands-on approaches to reduce and resolve strains, stress, and dysfunction in all areas of the body.

Sample job titles

  • chiropodist
  • doctor of osteopathy
  • doctor of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.)
  • foot specialist
  • naturopath
  • naturopathic doctor (ND)
  • orthoptist
  • osteopath
  • osteopathic manual practitioner
  • podiatrist

Skills

To work in these fields, you should be interested in the health and well-being of others. An interest in science is also important. You must be patient, tolerant, and sensitive to the needs of others. Good coordination and manual dexterity are necessary. Physical stamina may be needed as well. You should like children if you are considering a career as an Orthoptist.

Job requirements

  • Doctors of podiatric medicine (D.P.M): a four-year doctoral degree program in podiatric medicine, available in the United States and in Quebec, normally following completion of a bachelor's degree program, is required.
  • Chiropodists and podiatrists: a three-year diploma program in chiropody (DCh) obtained in Canada or a first-degree program in podiatric medicine (D.Pod.M.) obtained abroad (United Kingdom) is usually required.
  • Naturopaths: a university degree in pre-medical science is required. Completion of a university program in naturopathic medicine, obtained abroad or a four-year program in naturopathic medicine from a private institute is required.
  • Orthoptists: a bachelor's degree and completion of a two-year accredited training program in orthoptics are required. Certification with the Canadian Orthoptic Council is required. Continuing education is required for recertification with the Canadian Orthoptic Council.
  • Osteopaths: a bachelor's degree is required for admission to an osteopathic manual practice program. Completion of a traditional osteopathic manual practice program is required.

Other considerations

With the exception of training for orthoptists and osteopaths, there are currently no training programs available in Nova Scotia for the jobs in this occupational group. Chiropodist and podiatrist titles are used interchangeably in some provinces, although the title podiatrist is becoming more common. The use of the podiatrist job title does not necessarily refer to doctors of podiatric medicine (D.P.M.). Orthoptists often work as part of a medical team which includes ophthalmologists, opticians and other ophthalmic medical personnel. Orthoptists may also be trained as ophthalmic technicians or technologists. Osteopaths may obtain a licence as general practitioners.

By the numbers

Quick look

130

employed in 2016

69.6%

employed full-time

69.2%

self employed

74.1%
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25.9%
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44.6

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

37.0%

Halifax

22.2%

Annapolis Valley

14.8%

Southern

14.8%

Northern

7.4%

Cape Breton

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

96.2%

Health Care and Social Assistance

3.8%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

71.4%

55-64

28.6%

45-54

28.6%

25-34

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

47.8%

Bachelor's degree

$88,672 median annual income
21.7%

University advanced certificate or diploma

N/A
13.0%

Master's degree

$101,615 median annual income
13.0%

Doctorate

N/A
8.7%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Naturopathic medicine/naturopathy (ND)

This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of naturopathic medicine, a holistic therapeutic approach combining medical knowledge with non-invasive natural, homeopathic, and non-Western therapies and emphasizing disease prevention, wellness, and self-healing. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences, epidemiology, neuroscience, biostatistics, public and community health, laboratory and clinical diagnosis, pharmacognosy, botanical medicine, homeopathy, principles of Oriental medicine and Ayurveda, manipulative therapy, naturopathic therapeutics, therapeutic nutrition, case analysis and management, philosophy of naturopathy, patient counselling, practice management, and professional standards and ethics.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Optometric technician/assistant

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to assist optometrists in providing patient care, administering examinations and treatments, and performing office administrative functions. These programs include courses in applied anatomy and physiology of the eye, visual testing, patient communication, patient preparation, medications and administration, dispensing and fitting of eyeglasses and contact lenses, record-keeping, and office management skills.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Osteopathic medicine/osteopathy (DO)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of osteopathic medicine, involving a combination of medical principles and procedures and osteopathic principles of holistic medicine and the relationship of the musculoskeletal system to general health. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences, preventive medicine, family and community medicine, medical informatics, disease systems, organ and physiologic systems, osteopathic principles and practice, osteopathic manipulative treatment, musculoskeletal and skin systems, clinical specialty rotations, medical ethics, and professional standards and practice management.

Institutions providing this program

CEO (Osteopathic Studies) Inc.

6136 University Avenue

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(514) 342-2816

Podiatric medicine/podiatry (DPM)

This program is typically offered at the university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of podiatric medicine, involving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and injuries to the foot and lower extremities. These programs include courses in the basic medical sciences; anatomy of the lower extremity; functional orthopedics; foot biomechanics; podiatric radiology; dermatology; podiatric surgery; podopediatrics; sports medicine; physical diagnosis; emergency medicine and traumatology; practice management; and professional standards and ethics.

There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.

Vision science/physiological optics

This program is typically offered at the university level.

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Naturopath

Right to Title: This job is regulated in Nova Scotia. The job title is protected (you may not use this job title without a professional designation). Professional designation shows that the holder has met provincial requirements for the job. Employers may require professional designation, however, you do not need professional designation to legally work in this job.

Regulating body:
Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors
PO Box 245
Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S9
(902) 431-8001
Orthoptist

Special Requirements: Standards exist for this job in Nova Scotia. Certification or membership in a professional body may be required by employers, however, a certificate is not legally needed to work in this occupation.

Regulating body:
Canadian Orthoptic Council (COC)
CHUL, 2705 Blvd.
Laurier Ste. Foy, PQ G1V 4G2
(418) 654-2188

Contacts

Canadian Orthoptic Council
CHUL, 2705 Boul. Laurier
Ste. Foy, QC G1V 4G2
Fax: (418) 654-2188
Canadian Osteopathic Association
16945 Leslie Street, Unit 18
Newmarket, ON L3Y 9A2
Tel: (905) 868-8689
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors
20 Holly Street, Suite 200
Toronto, ON M4S 3B1
Tel: (800) 551-4381
Fax: (416) 496-8634
Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths
28 Victoria Street
Truro, NS B2N 1Y6
Tel: (902) 956-1011
Nova Scotia Podiatry Association
7001 Mumford Road, PO Box 29062
Halifax, NS B3L 2H0
Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors
PO Box 245
Lower Sackville, NS B4C 2S9
Tel: (902) 431-8001

Additional resources

Job postings

There are currently no job postings for this occupation.