Other health care assistants

Other health care assistants

NOC
3414

- Other assisting occupations in support of health services

Provide services and assistance to health care professionals and staff. Employers include hospitals, medical clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies and laboratories.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

86
 

Median Hourly Wage

$19.50
$14.50
Low
$28.00
High

Median Salary

$28,324
 

Typically Required

High school or specific training

Employed

810
 

% Working Full Time

78%
 

% Working Full Year

65%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

This unit group includes workers who provide services and assistance to health care professionals and other health care staff. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, offices of health care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, pharmacies and medical pathology laboratories.

Main Duties

Orthopedic technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries by applying and adjusting casts, splints, bandages and other orthopedic devices
  • Assist in the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction equipment
  • Clean and dress wounds
  • Remove casts, sutures, staples and pins
  • Instruct patients and their families and other health care professionals with respect to orthopedic matters.

Rehabilitation assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare and maintain equipment and supplies
  • Assist in activities for the rehabilitation of patients as directed by health care professionals
  • May perform routine office functions.

Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.

Pharmacy aides perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Help pharmacists and other pharmacy staff with packaging and labelling of pharmaceutical products
  • May help in maintaining prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products.

Sterile processing technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

  • 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
  • Reassemble equipment and assemble packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments.

Blood donor clinic assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and dismantle equipment
  • Prepare and maintain cleanliness of collection areas
  • Maintain supplies
  • Monitor donors throughout procedure and assist with post-donation care and donor reaction care as assigned under the supervision of a registered nurse
  • Record information on donors
  • Label and process donated blood.

Morgue attendants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Assist pathologists at autopsies by laying out surgical instruments
  • Prepare solutions for preservation of specimens
  • Transfer bodies from morgue to examining table
  • Remove organs and tissue specimens, as instructed by attending pathologist, and placing them in preservative solutions
  • Clean and sew up bodies for release to funeral home.

Also Known As

  • autopsy assistant
  • blood donor clinic assistant
  • cast room technician
  • chiropractic assistant
  • clinical laboratory helper
  • morgue attendant
  • ophthalmic laboratory technician - retail
  • ophthalmic lens grinder
  • optical laboratory assistant
  • optometrist assistant
  • orthopedic technologist
  • rehabilitation assistant
  • sterile processing technician
  • therapist assistant - medical
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Orthopedic technologists usually require completion of secondary school and Several months of on-the-job training or A college orthopedic technologist program.
  • Registration with the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic 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 secondary school and Several months of on-the-job training.
  • Sterile processing technicians require completion of secondary school and A six- to nine-month sterile processing college program.
  • Completion of secondary school and several months of on-the-job training are usually required for other assisting occupations in this unit group.

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

82.0%
Female
18.0%
Male
Employment by age

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

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10.9%
15-24
17.0%
25-34
25.9%
35-44
25.9%
45-54
17.0%
55-64
3.4%
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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2.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
36.1%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
8.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
41.5%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
12.2%
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

71.1%
Health care and social assistance
20.1%
Retail trade
3.4%
Educational services
5.4%
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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25.20%
Northeast
27.20%
Southeast
18.40%
Southwest
19.00%
Central
10.20%
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

$30,204
Northeast
$33,810
Southeast
$26,029
Southwest
$30,149
Central
$27,984
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

$19.50
$14.50
Low
$28.00
High

Southeast

$19.50
$14.50
Low
$23.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
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

$28,324

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$36,582

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

New Brunswick

$28,324

Newfoundland

$29,608

Prince Edward Island

$32,031

Nova Scotia

$29,167

Canada

$32,465
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

86
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

16
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

69
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

275
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

43
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

229