Nursing assistants provide basic care and help patients with activities of daily living. Orderlies transport patients and clean treatment areas.Work Environment
Most nursing assistants and orderlies work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are physically active and may need to help lift or move patients.How to Become a Nursing Assistant or Orderly
Nursing assistants often need to complete a state-approved education program and pass their state’s competency exam to become licensed or certified. Orderlies typically have at least a high school diploma.Pay
The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $30,850 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for orderlies was $30,030 in May 2020.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.State & Area Data
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