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Medical Secretaries  (NOC 1243)
Annapolis Valley Region
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Outlook & Prospects for Medical Secretaries in Annapolis Valley Region

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Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Nova Scotia.

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Table on the employment potential for Medical Secretaries in Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Nova Scotia Fair   (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

Table on the employment potential for Medical Secretaries in Annapolis Valley Region as well as in the rest of the Nova Scotia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Annapolis Valley Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Cape Breton Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Halifax Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
North Shore Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15
Southern Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2016-04-15

What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?

The data from the Labour Force Survey (2013) regarding the proportion of people in this occupation who were self-employed are not sufficiently reliable to be published.

What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?

According to the Labour Force Survey (2013), 92% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 80% for all occupations.

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%.

Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News

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