|Quick Facts: Nursing Assistants and Orderlies|
|2012 Median Pay||
$24,400 per year
$11.73 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||1,534,400|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||21% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||321,200|
Nursing assistants and orderlies help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
Nursing assistants and orderlies work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are frequently active and may need to help lift or move patients.
Nursing assistants must complete a state-approved education program and must pass their state’s competency exam to become certified. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.
The median annual wage for nursing assistants was $24,420 in May 2012. The median annual wage for orderlies was $23,990 in May 2012.
Employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed in long-term care facilities.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of nursing assistants and orderlies with similar occupations.
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