Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in British Columbia 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 British Columbia

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 British Columbia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

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

  • Approximately 34,600 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): 45%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 20%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 15%
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 11%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 69% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 31% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 53% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 47% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 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 14% for all occupations.

The B.C. Care Providers Association (BCCPA) has flagged a severe shortage of care aides in the province. In response, the province will be adding approximately 1,500 new full-time health care positions over the next few years. These positions will include health care aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and other professionals.

In addition, hundreds of part-time or casual positions will be converted to full-time positions.

Breakdown by region

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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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