Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (except Dental Health)

(NOC 3219)

in All Health

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 Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 190 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 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)

Hourly Pay

$12.25

Minimum

$16.85

Median

$24.45

Maximum

Annual Pay

$6,891

Minimum

$26,503

Median

$46,077

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 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 high 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

1,320

employed in 2016

77.6%

employed full-time

2.3%

self employed

90.5%
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9.5%
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35

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?

41.3%

Halifax

19.4%

Cape Breton

17.0%

Northern

14.8%

Annapolis Valley

7.8%

Southern

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

77.4%

Retail Trade

18.5%

Health Care and Social Assistance

1.1%

Public Administration

0.8%

Other Professional Services

0.8%

Textiles, Furniture and Other Manufacturing

What is the age of Employment?

33.8%

25-34

29.2%

35-44

18.2%

45-54

10.4%

15-24

9.1%

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

52.3%

College certificate or diploma

$41,002 median annual income
19.9%

Bachelor's degree

N/A
19.1%

High school

N/A
3.2%

Trades certificate

N/A
1.8%

University certificate or diploma

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

Dietetic technician (DTR)

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

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.

Dietitian assistant

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

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.

Orthoptics/orthoptist

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

Pharmacy technician/assistant

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton Business College

315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier

Sydney, NS B1N 3B1

(902) 564-2222

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

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

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

Contacts

Orthotics Prosthetics Canada
202 - 300 March Road
Ottawa, ON K2K 2E2
Tel: (613) 595-1919
Fax: (613) 595-1155
American Society of Ocularists
1001 Mohawk Street, Suite 16
Bakersfield, CA - USA 93309
Tel: (866) 973-4066
Fax: (661) 634-0595

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