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. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a support services assistant - medical.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

support services assistant - medical
Outlook 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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Source Labour Market Information | Outlook 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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