Other Therapy and Assessment Professionals

(NOC 3144)

in All Health

This group includes specialized therapists not elsewhere classified who use techniques such as athletic, movement, art or recreational therapy to aid in the treatment of mental and physical disabilities or injuries. They are employed by establishments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, extended health care facilities, clinics, recreational centres, nursing homes, industry, educational institutions and sports organizations, or they may work in private practice.

Job Outlook

Average

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 25 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 “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. 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 Therapy and Assessment Professionals most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 56% of Other Therapy and Assessment Professionals who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $52,130. 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

$18.00

Minimum

$28.50

Median

$38.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$3,003

Minimum

$31,255

Median

$74,350

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

This group includes specialized therapists not elsewhere classified who use techniques such as athletic, movement, art or recreational therapy to aid in the treatment of mental and physical disabilities or injuries. They are employed by establishments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centres, extended health care facilities, clinics, recreational centres, nursing homes, industry, educational institutions and sports organizations, or they may work in private practice.

Job duties

Therapists and other professionals in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess patients and review reports from physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and other professionals to determine patients' current and potential functioning level.
  • Prepare individualized and group treatment plans either independently or through a multidisciplinary team approach, based on health concerns and on recommendations from physicians or other health professionals.
  • Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation.
  • Implement treatment plans by carrying out specialized therapy sessions employing approaches and techniques such as art, drama and music therapy or dance, recreational, sports or other movement therapy.
  • Observe, record observations, and analyze patients during treatment sessions, write progress reports on patient outcomes and consult with other health professionals to evaluate treatment plans.
  • May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment.
  • May conduct research in respective field of specialization.

Sample job titles

  • art therapist
  • certified athletic therapist (CAT)
  • exercise physiologist
  • kinesiologist
  • movement therapist
  • music therapist
  • recreational therapist
  • registered dance therapist (DTR)
  • remedial gymnast
  • remedial therapist

Skills

To work in recreational therapy, you must have a genuine and sensitive interest in people and their ability to achieve. You must be able to communicate effectively with people and demonstrate a strong sense of responsibility, good judgement, patience, and self-discipline. Therapists must be creative and unique in their approach to each client. The ability to inspire confidence and to motivate clients is important. A strong sense of responsibility, good judgement, and communication skills are also necessary.

Job requirements

  • Kinesiologists usually require a master's degree in kinesiology or human kinetics.
  • Certification for kinesiologists is available through the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.
  • Sport therapists require a bachelor's degree in sport therapy, or a degree in health sciences with a specialization in sports injury management.
  • Art therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in art therapy.
  • Music therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in music therapy.
  • Dance therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology, and usually require a master's degree in art, drama or movement therapy.
  • Recreational therapists usually require a bachelor's degree in recreation with a specialization in therapeutic recreation.
  • Certification or membership with the appropriate national professional association or provincial counterpart may be required.

Other considerations

Those not employed with public institutions or agencies are often self-employed in a private or group practice. There is a distinct training path for each of these professions and no movement between these jobs. Supervised practical training is usually required for jobs in this group. Creative or technical ability in the field of specialization is usually required.

By the numbers

Quick look

275

employed in 2016

78.0%

employed full-time

12.7%

self employed

74.6%
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25.4%
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32.7

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?

60.3%

Halifax

12.7%

Northern

9.5%

Cape Breton

9.5%

Southern

7.9%

Annapolis Valley

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

87.3%

Health Care and Social Assistance

5.5%

Information, Culture & Recreation

3.6%

Other Services

3.6%

Public Administration

What is the age of Employment?

39.5%

25-34

28.9%

15-24

18.4%

45-54

10.5%

35-44

5.3%

65+

5.3%

55-64

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

64.5%

Bachelor's degree

$66,428 median annual income
12.9%

College certificate or diploma

N/A
11.3%

Doctorate

N/A
8.1%

University certificate or diploma

N/A
3.2%

High school

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

Human services - General

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

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the general study and provision of human and social services to individuals and communities and prepares individuals to work in public and private human services agencies and organizations. These programs include courses in the social sciences, psychology, principles of social service, human services policy, planning and evaluation, social services law and administration, and applications to particular issues, services, localities, and populations.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Kinesiology and exercise science

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any scientific program that focuses on the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, and biophysics of human movement, and applications to exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation. These programs include courses in biomechanics, motor behaviour, motor development and coordination, motor neurophysiology, performance research, rehabilitative therapies, the development of diagnostic and rehabilitative methods and equipment, and related analytical methods and procedures in applied exercise and therapeutic rehabilitation.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Music therapy/therapist

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals, in association with a rehabilitation team or in private practice, to use music in therapeutic relationships to address patients? physical, psychological, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. These programs include courses in music theory and performance, human growth and development, biomedical sciences, abnormal psychology, disabling conditions, patient assessment and diagnosis, treatment plan development and implementation, clinical evaluation, record-keeping, and professional standards and ethics.

Institutions providing this program

Acadia University

15 University Avenue

Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6

(902) 542-2201

Parks, recreation and leisure studies

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

This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the principles underlying recreational and leisure activities, and the practices involved in providing indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and services for the general public.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Sport and fitness administration/management

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to the organization, administration and management of athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, and related services. These programs include courses in program planning and development; business and financial management principles; sales, marketing and recruitment; event promotion, scheduling and management; facilities management; public relations; legal aspects of sports; and applicable health and safety standards.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Therapeutic Recreation Association of Atlantic Canada
PO Box 8871, Station A
Halifax, NS B3K 5M5
Toronto Art Therapy Institute
8 Prince Arthur Avenue, Second Floor
Toronto, ON M5R 1A9
Tel: (416) 924-6221

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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