Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services

NOC 3414


This unit group includes workers who provide services and assistance to health care professionals and other health care staff. They are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, offices of health care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, pharmacies and medical pathology laboratories.


Orthopedic technologists:

  • Assist orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries
  • Clean and dress wounds, remove casts, sutures, staples and pins
  • Instruct patients and other health care professionals on orthopedic matters.

Rehabilitation assistants:

  • Prepare and maintain equipment and supplies
  • Assist in activities for the rehabilitation of patients as directed by health care professionals
  • May perform routine office functions.

Optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants:

  • Operate equipment to craft lenses according to prescriptions and fit them into frames
  • Make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames
  • Maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.

Pharmacy aides:

  • Help pharmacists/other pharmacy staff with packaging and labelling of pharmaceuticals
  • May help in maintaining prescription records and inventories of pharmaceutical products.

Sterile processing technicians:

  • Operate and maintain sterilization equipment to disinfect trays, supplies, instrumentation and equipment for re-use according to standardized safety practices
  • Assemble packs of equipment and sterile supplies for delivery to hospital departments.

Blood donor clinic assistants:

  • Set up and dismantle equipment, prepare and maintain cleanliness of collection areas
  • Monitor donors throughout procedure and assist with post-donation care
  • Record information on donors, label and process donated blood.

Morgue attendants:

  • Prepare surgical instruments for autopsies, and solutions for preservation of specimens
  • Transfer bodies from morgue to examining table, clean and sew bodies for funeral home
  • Remove organs and tissue specimens and place them in preservative solutions

Other Titles

  • Drugstore dispensing assistant
  • Chiropractic assistant
  • Health aide
  • Medical clinic assistant
  • Radiology aide
  • Rehabilitation assistant
  • Surgical assistant

(Government of Canada National Occupation Classification)


  • Organization
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Flexibility
  • Reliability
  • Team work
  • Patience
  • Communication skills

Education/Training Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

  • Most college programs in Ontario require an OSSD or Mature Student Status
  • Completion of secondary school is typically required for assisting occupations in this unit group.

Post-secondary diploma/degree

  • For orthopedic technologists, a college orthopedic technologist program (OR secondary school plus several months of on-the-job training) is usually required
  • Health care courses or short-term college programs related to the work of medical therapy assistants may be required by employers


  • Registration with the Canadian Society of Orthopaedic Technologists may be required by employers

Several months of on-the-job training are typically required for occupations in this unit group

Potential Earnings in Durham Region

The average and median wages and salaries for individuals employed in other assistant occupations in support of health services are as follows. Place of Residence (POR) is defined as individuals who reside within the Durham Region. Place of Work (POW) is defined as individuals who are employed within the Durham Region.

Median Wages and Salaries (POW) Average Wages and Salaries (POW) Median Wages and Salaries (POR) Average Wages and Salaries (POR)
$31,312 $32,392 $19,746 $27,664

Employment Prospects

Industry (NAICS) Jobs in Durham Region (POW) Durham Region Residents Employed (POR)
4461 Health and personal care stores 50 50

(Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2016 data in Durham Workforce Authority’s 2017 Sector Report)

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