Job prospects Geriatric Aide in Québec
Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a geriatric aide.
Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in Québec for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
Employers usually require a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP) in assistance in health-care facilities or in home care assistance. Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and successful completion of training in safe patient transfer principles may also be required. Given recruitment difficulties, however, some health-care facilities rely on in-house accelerated training. The most frequently sought competencies include self-reliance, the ability to work as part of a team and client focus.
Employment growth in this occupation is contingent on population aging, the growing need for long-term care and government health-care priorities. The pandemic fueled the demand for this occupation, particularly in residential and long-term care centres (CHSLDs) and private seniors' residences (RPAs), as the health-care network struggled to make up for the absence of thousands of specialized workers, including orderlies. Faced with these urgent needs, the government implemented accelerated training to facilitate recruitment in this occupation. Since needs are on the rise, these professionals will continue to benefit from the anticipated growth in health care and social assistance.
Here are some key facts about Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in Québec:
- Approximately 68,550 people work in this occupation.
- Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates mainly work in the following sectors:
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 49%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 38%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 67% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 33% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 56% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 44% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Good Good|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Good Good|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Good Good|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Good Good|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Good Good|
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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada
We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in Canada over the next 10 years.
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