Other assisting occupations in support of health services (NOC 3414)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

This group includes workers who provide services and assistance to health-care professionals and other health-care staff.

People in this occupation:

  • work in hospitals, medical clinics, offices of health-care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, pharmacies and medical pathology laboratories
Common job titles
  • activationist - health support services
  • activity - health support services
  • adjuvant, senior
  • aide / attendant, plaster room
  • aide, activity - health support services
  • aide, central supply - medical / hospital


Orthopedic technologists:

  • help orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries by applying and adjusting casts, splints, bandages and other orthopedic devices
  • help with the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction equipment
  • clean and dress wounds
  • remove casts, sutures, staples and pins
  • teach patients and their families and other health-care professionals about orthopedic matters

Rehabilitation assistants:

  • prepare and maintain equipment and supplies
  • help patients as directed by health-care professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors
  • routine office functions

Optical and ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants:

  • operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses 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 by compounding, packaging and labelling pharmaceutical products
  • help maintain prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products

Sterile processing technicians:

  • operate and maintain machines such as instrument washers, sonic sinks, cart washers and steam autoclaves to clean and sterilize these supplies for re-use according to standardized safety
  • reassemble equipment and assemble packs of sterile supplies and instruments for delivery to hospital departments

Blood donor clinic assistants:

  • set up and take apart equipment
  • prepare and maintain cleanliness of collection areas
  • maintain supplies
  • record information on donors
  • monitor donors throughout procedure
  • help with post-donation care and donor reaction care as assigned under supervision of a registered nurse
  • label and process donated blood

Morgue attendants:

  • help pathologists at autopsies by laying out surgical instruments
  • prepare solutions for preservation of specimens
  • transfer bodies from morgue to examining table
  • remove organs and tissue specimens, as instructed by the attending pathologist, and place them in preservative solutions
  • clean and sew up bodies for release to funeral home

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupational group:

  • Work takes place in health-care, laboratory and pathology settings.
  • Workers may be exposed to infectious bacteria and viruses that may cause illness.
  • Tools used in surgical procedures may result in injury.
  • Workers may be exposed to strong, unpleasant odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Occupational therapy assistants (OTA) and physiotherapy assistants (PTA) receive training through a single OTA/PTA program in some community colleges.

Additional resources