Demand and Projected Job Growth for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Nurse Aides
Job growth for nursing aides in general (including statistics for in-home aides and those working in health facilities) is projected at about 28% for the ten year period ending in 2016. For home health aides specifically, growth is projected at 49% which is the highest projected growth rate of any health care profession, which is why home health care is included in the Top Medical Jobs list.
Salary for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Nursing Aides
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing aides such as certified nursing assistants earn an average range of about $10.00 an hour, up to over $12.00 per hour, which equates to $20,000 - $24,000 annually. The top 10% of nursing aides earned $14.99 per hour, nearly $30,000 per year. Additionally, CNAs receive about one week of vacation.
Upon passing the State Competency Examination, then the candidate is now Certified Nursing Assistant. He/she is now can start as an entry level position at various Medical and Nursing facilities or hospital, such as Skilled Nursing Facility, Long Term Care facility, Rehabilitation Center, Acute Hospital, Nursing Job Temporary agency, and Home Health-Care Services.