|Quick Facts: Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants|
|2010 Median Pay||
$24,010 per year
$11.54 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||1,505,300|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||20% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||302,000|
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants are frequently active, visiting patients and residents and helping move, reposition, or lift them. Because of this, they have a relatively high rate of on-the-job injury.
Nursing aides and attendants typically need a postsecondary certificate or award and must pass their state’s competency exam. Orderlies generally have at least a high school diploma.
The median annual wage for nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants was $24,010 in May 2010.
Employment of nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants is expected to grow by 20 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Because of the growing elderly population, many nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants will be needed in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
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