Job prospects Support Services Assistant - Medical in Nova Scotia
Job opportunities for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) are good in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a support services assistant - medical.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Nova Scotia
The employment outlook will be good for Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates (NOC 3413) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
There are a large number of job postings for this occupational grouping, in response to an aging population and the corresponding need for homecare and nursing services. This physically challenging job, which often involves shift work, has led to higher turnover than normal. Opportunities do occur in hospitals, but are more frequent in non-hospital settings.
Here are some key facts about Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates in the Nova Scotia region:
- Approximately 9,800 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): 61%
- Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 13%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 12%
- Social assistance (NAICS 624): 10%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 71% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 29% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 64% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates work all year, while 36% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
- Less than 5% of nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.
|Annapolis Valley Region||Good Good|
|Cape Breton Region||Good Good|
|Halifax Region||Good Good|
|North Shore Region||Good Good|
|Southern 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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