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

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

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 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 outlook
Annapolis Valley Region Good
Cape Breton Region Good
Halifax Region Good
North Shore Region Good
Southern Region Good
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions across Canada

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

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