Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in Alberta

Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in Alberta over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a support services assistant - medical.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Alberta

support services assistant - medical
Prospects over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in Alberta for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Physician recruitment and retention is an issue throughout Alberta. Opportunities are dependent on provincial funding. The recently elected government in Alberta is indicating wage concessions are coming across the health care spectrum in the province especially, for unionized professions.

Here are some key facts about Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in the Alberta region:

  • Approximately 29,750 people work in this occupation.
  • Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 47%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 23%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 14%
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 9%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 64% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 36% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 52% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 48% work only part of the year, compared to 59% and 41% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Alberta by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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