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Specialist Physicians  (NOC 3111)
Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
Description |  Titles |  Duties |   Related Occupations

This unit group includes specialist physicians in clinical medicine, in laboratory medicine and in surgery. Specialists in clinical medicine diagnose and treat diseases and physiological or psychiatric disorders and act as consultants to other physicians. Specialists in laboratory medicine study the nature, cause and development of diseases in humans. Specialists in surgery perform and supervise surgical procedures. Specialists in clinical medicine usually work in private practice or in a hospital while those in laboratory medicine and in surgery usually work in hospitals. Residents in training to become specialist physicians are included in this unit group.

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Specialists in clinical medicine perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Diagnose and treat diseases and physiological or psychiatric disorders
  • Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
  • Prescribe medication and treatment and refer patients for surgery
  • Act as consultants to other physicians
  • May conduct medical research.
Specialists in laboratory medicine perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Study the nature, cause and development of diseases in humans and the structural and functional changes caused by diseases
  • Conduct microscopic and chemical analyses of laboratory samples and specimens
  • Supervise laboratory activities
  • Act as consultants to other physicians.
Specialists in surgery perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Assess patients' diseases or disorders to determine appropriate surgical procedures
  • Perform and supervise surgical procedures to correct physical abnormalities and deficiencies and repair injuries
  • Act as consultants to other physicians.
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices

Abbotsford, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, Chilliwack, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, White Rock, Gibsons, Mission, Aldergrove, Brunswick Beach, Crescent, Crescent Beach, Cultus Lake, Elgin, Fort Langley, Grandview, Lions Bay, McMillan Island, Ocean Park, South Surrey, Sunnyside, Willoughby

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Outlook & Prospects for Specialist Physicians in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region

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.

Local Employment Potential Information

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Table on the employment potential for Specialist Physicians in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region as well as in the rest of the British Columbia.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Lower Mainland - Southwest Region Good   (3 of 3 stars) 2011-02-23

Currently the chances of qualified Specialist Physicians finding employment are considered to be good in the local area. There is generally a national shortage of specialist physicians in Canada.

Budget restraints usually keep the number of openings relatively small, however extensive recruiting is usually necessary to fill the positions. Increased health needs from an aging population contributes to opportunities for this occupation.

Local Labour Market News

Week of Mar 17 - Mar 21, 2014 Week of Feb 17 - Feb 21, 2014
  • The Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre has received $1.5M in funding from Taseko Mines Ltd. Construction on the $84.5M centre is expected to begin in October and will be completed by May 2017.
Week of Jan 06 - Jan 10, 2014 Week of Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2013
  • Versant Ventures has invested $10M to start a biotech company in Vancouver called Inception 4. The new biotech company will employ a team of scientists and support staff to develop a drug that will treat eye disease.
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