Job prospects Medical Laboratory Technologist in Nova Scotia

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "medical laboratory technologist" in Nova Scotia or Canada.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

Note: These outlooks were updated on November 29th, 2023. Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years

Good

The employment outlook will be good for Medical laboratory technologists (NOC 32120) in Nova Scotia for the 2023-2025 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

There has been a shortage of lab technologists across the country for a few years. Candidates, even including recent graduates with relatively little experience, are not expected to encounter much difficulty finding a job.

Here are some key facts about Medical laboratory technologists in Nova Scotia:

  • Approximately 700 people worked in this occupation in May 2021.
  • Medical laboratory technologists mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 71%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 26%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 91% compared to 82% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 9% compared to 18% for all occupations
  • 81% of medical laboratory technologists work all year, while 19% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 47 weeks compared to 42 weeks for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 15% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 85% compared to 49% 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: less than 5% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: less than 5% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 54% compared to 22% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: 37% compared to 20% 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 conditions over the next 10 years

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