Job outlook Administrative Assistant, Medical in Canada

People working as an administrative assistant, medical have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Medical administrative assistants (NOC 1243).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Good
Prince Edward Island Fair
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Good
Quebec Fair
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Good
Saskatchewan Fair
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Good
Yukon Territory Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nunavut Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2017-2026 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment growth in this occupational group was above the average for all occupations. However, the unemployment rate also rose, reaching 2.8% in 2016, nevertheless well below the national average of 7.0%. The average hourly wage of this occupational group increased during this period. Despite a strong demand, the analysis of labour market indicators suggested that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Medical administrative assistants, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 19,000, while 17,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. The majority of the job openings are projected to arise from retirements, with a retirement rate similar to the average for all occupations. Expansion demand is also expected to be similar to the average, accounting for about a quarter of labour demand over the projection period. However, there will be far less job creation than during the previous decade. Indeed, the automation and computerization of several administrative tasks over the last decade, along with the reforms and budget constraints in provincial health care systems, are leading to a gradual decline in the employment growth of this occupational group, a trend which is expected to continue over the projection period. With regard to labour supply, the vast majority of job seekers in this occupation will come either from the school system or from other related occupations. Almost no immigrants are expected to seek employment in this occupation over the projection period.

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