ISCO 08 Code 2240                  Paramedical practitioners   

Lead Statement

Paramedical practitioners provide advisory, diagnostic, curative and preventive medical services for humans more limited in scope and complexity than those carried out by medical doctors. They work autonomously, or with limited supervision of medical doctors, and apply advanced clinical procedures for treating and preventing diseases, injuries and other physical or mental impairments common to specific communities.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • conducting physical examinations of patients and interviewing them and their families  to determine their health status, and recording patients' medical information;
  • performing basic or more routine medical and surgical procedures, including prescribing and administering treatments, medications and other preventive or curative measures, especially for common diseases and disorders;
  • administering  or ordering diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests;
  • performing therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management;
  • assisting medical doctors with complex surgical procedures;
  • monitoring patients'  progress and response to treatment;
  • advising on diet, exercise and other habits which aid prevention or treatment of disease and disorders;
  • identifying and referring complex or unusual cases to medical doctors,  hospitals or other places for specialized care;
  • reporting births, deaths and notifiable diseases to government authorities to meet legal and professional reporting requirements.

Included occupations

  • Advanced care paramedic
  • Clinical officer (paramedical)
  • Feldscher
  • Primary care paramedic
  • Surgical technician

Excluded occupations

  • General practitioner - 2211
  • Surgeon - 2212
  • Medical assistant - 3256
  • Emergency paramedic - 3258


Occupations included in this category normally require completion of tertiary-level training in theoretical and practical medical services. Workers providing services limited to emergency treatment and ambulance practice are classified in unit group 3258, paramedical workers.


ISCO 88 Code(s) 3221, part

(NCvB; Maart 2010)