Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services

People at work in this group of occupations are part of a health care team, working under the supervision of senior health care workers, such as supervisors, nurses, dentists and doctors. They assist other health care workers to carry out tasks, they may be involved in administrative work and they may attend to daily or specific needs of clients or patients.


  • High school diploma.
  • Dental assistants require college dental assistant programs lasting three months to a year, or a combination of high school and on-the-job training. Dental assistants may need certification to perform specific functions.
  • Community health representatives require completion of the community health worker course offered by Aurora College.
  • Nurse’s aides or orderlies require on-the-job training or a program in nursing aid or health care at a college or private institute and practical training.
  • Orthopedic technologists require on-the-job training or a college program.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have small but sustained increases in employment over the next ten years.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 78.7% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 59.7% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 20.8% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 19.4% live in other communities. About 76.4% are employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry and 17.1% in the Retail Trade sector.