Other medical technologists and technicians

Other medical technologists and technicians

NOC
3219

- Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)

Include dietary technicians, pharmacy technicians, prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

89
 

Median Hourly Wage

$17.00
$12.00
Low
$28.00
High

Median Salary

$29,109
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

1,290
 

% Working Full Time

82%
 

% Working Full Year

71%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit 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.

Main Duties

Dietary technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Assist dietitians with research in food, nutrition and food service systems.

Pharmacy technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • May help with scheduling and workflow.

Ocularists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Consult with ophthalmologists concerning insertion of ocular prostheses.

Prosthetists and orthotists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Supervise and direct the activities of prosthetic and orthotic technicians.

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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 orthopaedic footwear
  • May take the body or limb measurements of patients.

Also Known As

  • dietary technician
  • food and nutrition technician - dietetics
  • ocularist
  • ocularist technician
  • orthotic technician
  • orthotist
  • pharmacy technician
  • prosthetic technician
  • prosthetist
Requirements

Employment 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.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required for pharmacy technicians in all provinces except Quebec and Saskatchewan.
  • Ocularists require completion of the education 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 secondary 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.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

93.5%
Female
6.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

21.3%
15-24
34.2%
25-34
21.3%
35-44
15.6%
45-54
6.8%
55-64
0.8%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
14.8%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
68.8%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
11.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

76.0%
Retail trade
21.8%
Health care and social assistance
0.8%
Wholesale trade
1.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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27.20%
Northeast
29.10%
Southeast
19.50%
Southwest
16.50%
Central
7.70%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$31,107
Northeast
$28,456
Southeast
$30,061
Southwest
$28,188
Central
$27,751
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$17.00
$12.00
Low
$28.00
High

Southeast

$17.00
$12.00
Low
$28.00
High

Southwest

$17.00
$12.00
Low
$28.00
High

Central

$16.90
$11.70
Low
$23.50
High

Northwest

$17.00
$12.00
Low
$28.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$29,109

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$32,410

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$29,109

Newfoundland

$29,445

Prince Edward Island

$27,040

Nova Scotia

$26,524

Canada

$30,179
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

89
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

75
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

292
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

31
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

261