Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in Nova Scotia

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

Note that the current 2019-2021 employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. We are working to update this information as soon as possible. In the meantime, visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation. You can also read our newly updated sectoral profiles to learn about recent developments for key economic sectors in your region.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

support services assistant - medical
Prospects over the next 3 years

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

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

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

There are a large number of job postings for this occupational grouping, in response to an aging population and the corresponding need for homecare and nursing services. This physically challenging job, which often involves shift work, has led to higher turnover than normal. Opportunities do occur in hospitals, but are more frequent in non-hospital settings.

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

  • Approximately 9,800 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): 61%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 13%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 12%
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 10%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 71% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 29% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 64% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 36% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Good Good
    Cape Breton Region Good Good
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Good Good
    Southern Region Good Good
    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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