The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is Canada’s reference on occupations. It provides job descriptions, occupational statistics and labour market information.
Medical radiation technologists (NOC 3215)
Finding a job in Canada may be different than in your home country and you may need help finding job vacancies, updating your resume, writing cover letters, preparing for interviews, and understanding what Canadian employers are looking for.
You are allowed to start, or even complete, the credential assessment process before you move to Canada. If you will be immigrating to the provinces of Alberta, Ontario or Quebec, you need to apply to the relevant provincial body. For all other provinces and territories, apply to the CAMRT for you credential assessment.
The assessment process will include a review of your education to determine if it is comparable to a Canadian program. Your work experience in the discipline for which you have submitted your assessment application will be evaluated as well. Consult the CAMRT and applicable provincial websites for more information about the credential assessment process and to know the very specific documents that are required.
On the CAMRT website you can find also many resources to help you prepare for the CAMRT examination which is offered three times a year in each discipline: January, May and September. It is highly recommended that you consult all the helpful resources available on the CAMRT website to help improve your chances of passing the certification examination.
Credentials assessment services
If you are planning to enroll in a college or university program to upgrade your skills, contact the institution in which you plan to study and find out the steps you should take and the credential assessment agency you should use.
Make sure not to discount your international education and skills. Try to build on your existing knowledge and skills and explore university and college options thoroughly before deciding. You might be able to have advanced standing, transfer some of your credits and benefit from prior learning assessment options by using your international credentials and experience to gain credit or course exemptions. This way you will complete your program more quickly, without wasting money and repeating the education you already have.
World Education Services (WES)
Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
The International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
To find more organizations and agencies providing credential evaluation, assessment and qualification recognition services click here. You can also visit the Foreign Credentials Referral Office for information, path-finding and referral services on foreign credential recognition to help internationally trained workers like you succeed and put their skills to work in Canada more quickly.
There is currently a growing need for medical radiation technologists in Canada. The shortage is expected to grow as many in the occupation will be retiring in the near future and because the growing and aging population requires more health services.
Most Canadian cities offer employment opportunities in the medical radiation technology sector. However, when looking for jobs, broaden your geographic area to include smaller cities and towns close to your target city. For example, if you intend to work in Toronto, you might find a job opportunity in nearby Hamilton, which is less than an hour’s drive from there.
Research and find out where there is demand for your area of the profession in Canada and accordingly decide where you want to settle.
In Canada, medical radiation technologists are employed in hospitals, private clinics, cancer centres, research laboratories, industry, education and administration. Hospitals and clinics employ medical radiation technologists in the specialties of magnetic resonance and radiography. Major clinics, cancer centres and hospitals in large urban centres employ medical radiation technologists in the specialties of radiation therapy and nuclear medicine. Very few medical radiation technologists are self-employed.
Many medical radiation technology professionals work full time, with a forty-hour workweek including weekend, evening and standby work. However, some do work part-time, as there is a growing number of part-time, casual and contract positions available.
For information on jobs for medical radiation technologists in Canada, see the CAMRT, where you will find a “job bank.” You may find information about available jobs on provincial organizations’ websites.
You can visit the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers website to check for immigrant-friendly corporations and organizations which you might be interested in. This special designation recognizes Canada’s best employers for recent immigrants. These employers offer interesting programs to assist newcomers to Canada in making the transition to a new workplace — and a new life in Canada.