Other Heath Services Assistants

(NOC 3414)

in All Health

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 Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 140 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Moderate 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 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)

Hourly Pay

$12.70

Minimum

$18.65

Median

$22.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$5,546

Minimum

$29,124

Median

$46,950

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

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 high 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 high school and several months of on-the-job training.
  • Sterile processing technicians require completion of high school and a six- to nine-month sterile processing college program.
  • Completion of high school and several months of on-the-job training are usually required for other assisting jobs in this group.

Other considerations

None

By the numbers

Quick look

825

employed in 2016

74.9%

employed full-time

1.2%

self employed

82.0%
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18%
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41.1

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?

45.5%

Halifax

16.9%

Northern

13.2%

Southern

12.7%

Annapolis Valley

11.6%

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

72.5%

Health Care and Social Assistance

21.0%

Retail Trade

2.4%

Educational Services

1.8%

Public Administration

1.2%

Management, Admin & Other Support

What is the age of Employment?

25.2%

45-54

23.3%

55-64

17.5%

35-44

15.5%

15-24

15.5%

25-34

2.9%

65+

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

41.7%

College certificate or diploma

$34,363 median annual income
29.9%

High school

$24,649 median annual income
11.2%

Bachelor's degree

$22,162 median annual income
7.0%

Trades certificate

$35,945 median annual income
5.3%

University certificate or diploma

$30,055 median annual income

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

Chiropractic assistant/technician

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

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.

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

Therapeutic recreation/recreational therapy

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

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.

Institutions providing this program

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists
18 Wynford Drive, Suite 715A
North York, ON M3C 3S2
Tel: (416) 445-4516
Fax: (416) 489-7356
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

Additional resources

There are no additional resources for this occupation.

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