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This unit group includes workers, not elsewhere classified, who perform various technical therapy and assessment functions. Some may assist professionals such as audiologists, speech-language pathologists, ophthalmologists and physiotherapists. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, educational institutions and in the private practices of the professionals they assist. Massage therapists may also be self-employed.
audio prosthetist, audiology technician, audiometric assistant, audiometric technician, hearing aid consultant, massage therapist (MT), ophthalmic assistant, ophthalmic technician, ophthalmic technologist, physical rehabilitation technician, physiotherapy technician, speech technician, speech therapist aide, speech therapy aide.
- Audio prosthetists examine clients to determine appropriate type of hearing aid; may test patient's hearing; take ear impressions for use in the manufacture of the devices; fit and adjust hearing aids; and perform follow-up examinations and readjustments.
- Audiometric assistants administer, under the supervision of audiologists, tests such as speech reception and speech discrimination to determine the hearing thresholds of patients; and record these test results.
- Communication assistants carry out remedial programs, under the supervision of speech-language pathologists, to rehabilitate patients with communicative disorders.
- Massage therapists assess clients by conducting range of motion and muscle testing and propose treatment plans; treat soft tissues and joints of the body through soft tissue manipulation, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise programs and client self-help programs; provide courses of treatment for medical conditions and injuries or wellness maintenance; maintain records of treatments given; and may work with other health care professionals when appropriate.
- Ophthalmic medical assistants operate ophthalmic testing and measuring instruments to aid ophthalmologists to assess patients' vision; record test results; assist ophthalmologists in office surgery; and administer eye drops, ointments and medications as directed by ophthalmologists.
- Physical rehabilitation technicians carry out, under physiotherapists' direction, treatment programs such as massage, thermotherapy, traction and hydrotherapy to rehabilitate injured or disabled individuals.
Outlook & Prospects for Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment in Fredericton--Oromocto
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According to the most recent (2006) Census, this is a small occupational group with a labour force of 60, and an unemployment rate (17%) that is above the average (8%) for all occupations in the area. Also, the average age of Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment is 37, which is below the average age (40) of all occupations.
According to the most recent Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) Forecast, the average annual employment growth rate for this occupation is above the average for all occupations in New Brunswick. Many of the jobs in this occupation can be found in these main industries: 1) Health Care and Social Assistance and 2) Other Services.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Mar 31 - Apr 04, 2014
- Fredericton-based E&I Engineering has been awarded a $1.2M contract to provide electrical engineering services to the Irving pulp mill modernization project in Saint John. E&I has added an engineer and a technician to its staff.
- The Kings Place parking garage in downtown Fredericton will close in April for six months to undergo a $5M renovation project
- The King Street Ale house is expected to open in May on Queen Street in Fredericton, and is advertising for staff. The business will occupy the former site of the Garrison District Ale House, destroyed by fire over a year ago.
- About 10 of the 100 commissionaire positions at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown will be cut as a result of budgetary and work cycle adjustments. Workers can choose to be placed on a standby list, and will be re-hired when opportunities arise.
- Renovations are underway on a new private school, the Fredericton Christian Academy, which will open in September in the building occupied by the former South Devon Elementary School on MacLaren Avenue in Fredericton
- J.D. Irving Ltd. will add a production line to a sawmill in Chipman, which will add 16 jobs. As a result, 39 direct and 27 indirect jobs will also be created in woodlands operations, and 96 direct and 49 indirect jobs in construction. The new line should be in production by the end of 2014.
- Sunny Days Children's Learning Centre will open an additional Fredericton daycare, in September 2014. It will be located off the Vanier highway, and will require 15 to 18 full-time staff when at full capacity.
- Hospice Fredericton will open an end-of-life care facility in downtown Fredericton in about 12 to 18 months, which will include a staff of nurses, nursing assistants, and personal support and administrative workers.
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