Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in Prince Edward Island

Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in Prince Edward Island 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 Prince Edward Island

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 Prince Edward Island 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Most employees in this occupation worked in nursing and residential care facilities. Population growth and a steadily aging demographic are the primary drivers behind the increased demand for nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates. This trend will lead to stable job openings in hospitals, while a heightened need may occur in nursing homes and within community health care centres as patients receive ongoing care. This is a large occupational group on P.E.I. As with most large occupational groups, there will be frequent job opportunities due to workers leaving the group, job switching or moving into other career paths. Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates who are able to accommodate long shifts and work flexible hours will find their employment prospects greatly improved as hospitals may need these health professionals to provide 24-hour patient care.

Other opportunities will arise from the high turnover rate, which is due to difficult working conditions: some of the tasks are physically demanding, many positions are on call, part-time and temporary, or with evening, night or weekend shifts. Moreover, wages are low, especially in the private sector.

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

  • Approximately 1,650 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): 75%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 13%
    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 74% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 26% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 66% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 34% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 29 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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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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