Job prospects Medical Laboratory Technical Assistant in Ontario

National Occupational Classification update

We have updated this page to reflect the transition to the 2021 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This means that the occupation "medical laboratory technical assistant" was moved from the group Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 3212) to the group Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (NOC 33101).

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "medical laboratory technical assistant" in Ontario or Canada.

Job opportunities in Ontario

Note that these outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the NOC. Learn more about our methodology.

medical laboratory technical assistant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants (NOC 3212) in Ontario for the 2022-2024 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants in Ontario:

  • Approximately 10,950 people work in this occupation.
  • Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 53%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 36%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 71% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 28% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 65% of medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants work all year, while 35% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 34 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • less than 5% of medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 16% compared to 52% for all occupations
    • Women: 84% compared to 48% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 10% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 6% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 54% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 27% compared to 21% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 10% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

Labour Market Information Survey
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