Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a support services assistant - medical.

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 British Columbia

support services assistant - medical
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in British Columbia 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.

Employment in healthcare, including long-term care, and social assistance occupations are expected to continue to increase to meet the needs of the ageing population. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the shortage of health-care workers much more serious. Currently, over 1.4 million Canadian seniors need and receive paid and unpaid continuing care supports, and this figure could increase by 71% by 2026 (Conference Board of Canada.) In the first quarter of this year, nearly one out of five unfilled jobs in Canada was in the health-care and social assistance sector (Labour Force Survey). The COVID-19 pandemic intensified caregiver burnout and exposed existing health inequities. More than 40% of clinicians report experiencing symptoms of burnout, and 22% of direct care nurses indicated they may leave their position within the next year, exacerbating an already critical shortage of healthcare (McKinsey).

Here are some key facts about Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 37,200 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): 45%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 20%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 15%
    • Social assistance (NAICS 624): 11%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 69% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 31% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 53% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 47% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    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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