Nursing Assistants

General Information

Description

Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit74.57%
  2. Private, not for profit16.23%
  3. State and local government5.68%
  4. Self-employed2.11%
  5. Federal government1.25%

Job Outlook

Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 192,800 openings for nursing assistants and orderlies are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$30,850

State-by-state Salary

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$40,930
$23,460
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 38%
  • Post-secondary certificate 23%
  • Some college 12%
  • Associate's degree 9%
  • Bachelor's degree 6%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • Less than high school 2%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
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