Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment

NOC
3237

Perform various technical therapy and assessment functions, supporting professionals, such as audiologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Undetermined
Undetermined

3 Year Job Openings

21
 

Median Hourly Wage

N/A

Median Salary

$24,681
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

175
 

% Working Full Time

79%
 

% Working Full Year

71%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes workers, not elsewhere classified, who perform various technical therapy and assessment functions. Some may assist professionals such as audiologists, speech-language pathologists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, educational institutions and in the private practices of the professionals they assist.

Main Duties

Hearing instrument practitioners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Examine adult clients to assess hearing loss using diagnostic evaluation and electro acoustic testing
  • Recommend and dispense appropriate type of hearing instrument
  • Take earmold impressions for use in the manufacture of hearing devices
  • Fit, adjust and make minor modifications to hearing instruments
  • Educate clients in appropriate use, care and maintenance of hearing instruments
  • Perform follow-up examinations and readjustments.

Audiometric technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Under the supervision of audiologists, administer tests such as pure tone hearing screening, impedance tests and noise level measurements using equipment such as audiometers and sound level meters to determine hearing thresholds of patients
  • Instruct patients on test procedures and record results
  • Monitor, check and calibrate auditory equipment
  • May take earmold impressions and fit and adjust hearing instruments.

Communicative disorders assistants and speech-language pathology assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist speech-language pathologists and audiologists during assessment of patients
  • Carry out treatment programs, document results and develop materials for use with patients, under the supervision of speech-language pathologists or audiologists
  • Document patient rehabilitation progress
  • Check and maintain therapeutic equipment and materials.

Ophthalmic medical assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate ophthalmic testing and measuring instruments to aid ophthalmologists in assessing patients' vision
  • Record test results
  • Assist ophthalmologists in office surgery
  • Administer eye drops, ointments and medications as directed by ophthalmologists
  • Clean and maintain instruments and equipment used during examinations
  • Take patients' general medical and ophthalmic history
  • Perform various administrative duties.

Physiotherapy assistants and occupational therapy assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Under the direction of physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists, carry out treatment programs such as thermotherapy, traction, hydrotherapy and electrotherapeutic techniques to rehabilitate patients with various injuries or disabilities to maximize their ability to independently manage daily activities.

Also Known As

  • audiology technician
  • audiometric assistant
  • audiometric technician
  • communicative disorders assistant
  • hearing instrument practitioner
  • occupational therapy assistant
  • ophthalmic assistant
  • ophthalmic technician
  • ophthalmic technologist
  • ophthalmologist assistant
  • physiotherapy technician
  • speech technician
  • speech therapy assistant
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Hearing instrument practitioners require completion of a three-year college diploma in a hearing instrument specialist program, including a period of supervised training.
  • Licensure with a regulatory body is required for hearing instrument practitioners in all provinces except in Ontario where membership with the Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners (AHIP) is required. Hearing instrument practitioners can prescribe and dispense hearing instruments except in Ontario where dispensing is dependent on a prescription from a physician or audiologist.
  • Communicative disorders assistants and speech-language pathology assistants require completion of a three- to four-year college program.
  • Audiometric technicians usually require a specialization in industrial audiometry testing.
  • Ophthalmic medical assistants require completion of a one- to two-year college program or a two-year hospital-based training program in ophthalmic medical technology or A minimum of one year of supervised practical training under an ophthalmologist and completion of an approved ophthalmic assistant home study program.
  • Physiotherapy assistants require completion of a two- to three-year college program in physical rehabilitation therapy or A two-year physical therapy assistant (PTA) program and supervised practical training.
  • Occupational therapy assistants require completion of a two-year occupational therapy assistant (OTA) college program.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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88.2%
Female
11.8%
Male
Employment by age

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18.2%
15-24
15.2%
25-34
24.2%
35-44
24.2%
45-54
18.2%
55-64
0.0%
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
19.4%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
64.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
16.1%
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.

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90.9%
Health care and social assistance
9.1%
Retail trade
0.0%
N/A
0.0%
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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20.60%
Northeast
29.40%
Southeast
17.60%
Southwest
14.70%
Central
17.60%
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.

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$28,148
Northeast
$21,294
Southeast
$29,930
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
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.

No Data Available
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

$24,681

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$37,353

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

New Brunswick

$24,681

Newfoundland

$46,865

Prince Edward Island

$27,747

Nova Scotia

$35,544

Canada

$32,342
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

21
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

15
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

62
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

9
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

52