Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Nova Scotia||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
For the 2015-2017 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Medical Secretaries (NOC 1243) in Nova Scotia.
This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:
- Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
- A large number of people are expected to retire.
- This occupation has recently experienced low levels of unemployment.
Here are some key facts about Medical Secretaries in Nova Scotia:
- Approximately 1,250 people work in this occupation.
- Medical Secretaries mainly work in the following sectors:
- Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 81%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 14%
- 77% of Medical Secretaries work all year, while 23% work only part of the year, compared to 65% and 35% respectively among all occupations.
- They fall into the following age groups:
- 15 to 24: 7% compared to 13% for all occupations
- 25 to 54: 78% compared to 67% for all occupations
- 55 years and over: 15% compared to 20% for all occupations
- The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
- Men: less than 5% for all occupations
- Women: more than 95%
- The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
- No high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
- High school diploma or equivalent: 9% compared to 24% for all occupations
- Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 14% compared to 12% for all occupations
- College certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 63% compared to 27% for all occupations
- Bachelor's degree: 7% compared to 16% for all occupations
- University certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: 5% compared to 9% for all occupations
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Annapolis Valley Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Cape Breton Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Halifax Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|North Shore Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
|Southern Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2016-04-15|
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
According to the National Household Survey (2011), women represented 99% of workers in this occupation compared to the average of 49% for all occupations.
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
This occupation (Medical Secretaries) is part of a larger group called Secretaries, Recorders and Transcriptionists (NOC 124). According to the Labour Force Survey (2013), the unionization rate for this group was 33%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 30%.
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- August 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 635 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 549 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 644 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 531 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 319 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 539 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2016
- The Nova Scotia government will add 13 nurse practitioners and nine family practice nurses to collaborative care practices across the province. No timelines for hiring have been given. Physician recruitment remains a priority as well.
- Web.com has opened its new call center in New Glasgow, and hired its first 70 workers. The web site development company plans to hire another 130 people by the end of 2016, with an employment target of 330 by 2019. Starting wage is $12.50 an hour.
- An echocardiography service has been added to St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish. One ultrasound sonographer will join the staff, and the service may be expanded further in the future.
Week of Sep 12 - Sep 16, 2016
- L'Arche Cape Breton Society's location in Iron Mines will build a new 3,800 sq ft facility to support adults with intellectual disabilities. The expansion will allow more programs to be offered and create more work opportunities.
Week of Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2016
Week of Jun 27 - Jul 01, 2016
- Dalhousie University will close the daycare at its agriculture campus in Bible Hill in September 2016, due to declining enrolments. The jobs of five full-time staff will be affected.
- Doctors in Nova Scotia have voted to accept a four-year contract with the provincial government which includes increases of zero, zero, one and 1.5% to compensation amounts. Recruitment and retention issues will continue to be addressed.
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