Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health) (NOC 3219)

About this job

This group includes medical technologists and technicians not elsewhere classified, such as dietary technicians, ocularists, prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians.

Dietary technicians:

  • work in health-care and commercial food service establishments such as hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, schools, cafeterias and fast food outlets

Pharmacy technicians:

  • employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Ocularists:

  • work in custom ocular prosthetic laboratories
  • may be self-employed

Prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians:

  • work in hospitals, clinics, prosthetics and orthotics laboratories, and prosthetic device manufacturing companies
  • may be self-employed
Common job titles
  • artificial limb assembler / finisher
  • brace maker
  • certified pedorthist
  • prosthetic aide / assistant
  • prosthetist, certified
  • prosthetist, ocular / artificial eye maker
  • artificial limb assembler / finisher
  • brace maker
  • certified pedorthist
  • CO (certified orthotist)
  • CPO (certified prosthetist and orthotist)
  • fitter, surgical / surgical appliance

Duties

Dietary technicians:

  • help dietitians or nutritionists plan and supervise food service operations
  • plan menus and diet for individuals or groups under the direction of a dietitian or nutritionist
  • help supervise workers who prepare and serve food
  • help patients select menu items
  • help dietitians research food, nutrition and food service systems

Pharmacy technicians:

  • assist pharmacists to maintain inventories of medications and prescription records of pharmaceutical products
  • ensure the information on prescriptions is accurate, enter client information in databases and prepare medications for clients
  • compound oral solutions, ointments and creams; bill third party insurers; and may help with scheduling and workflow

Ocularists:

  • design, make and fit ocular prostheses and conformers, and may design and fabricate implants
  • paint the iris and pupil of artificial eyes
  • clean and restore ocular prostheses
  • give patients information about the loss of depth perception and the care and use of ocular prostheses
  • repair and maintain fabrication and laboratory equipment
  • speak with ophthalmologists about insertion of eye prostheses

Prosthetists and orthotists:

  • design, make and fit prosthetic and orthotic appliances such as artificial limbs, braces and supports
  • interpret physicians’ specifications and examine and measure patients to develop working sketches of appliances
  • make and modify plaster casts of areas to receive prostheses or orthoses
  • fit, adjust and repair appliances
  • tell patients about the use and care of prostheses and orthoses
  • supervise and direct the activities of prosthetic and orthotic technicians

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians:

  • put together or build prosthetic and orthotic appliances according to drawings, measurements and plaster casts, using a variety of materials such as metals, plastics and leathers
  • repair, rebuild and modify prosthetic and orthotic appliances or orthopaedic footwear
  • take the body or limb measurements of patients

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this group:

  • Work is carried out in an indoor medical environment.
  • Workers use equipment, instruments, machinery, power tools and hand tools that may pose a risk of accident or injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may become certified prosthetists or orthotists with an additional two years of experience as a registered prosthetic or orthotic technician and completion of certification examinations by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.