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Nursing Aide Job Outlook

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Employment of nursing aides (assistants and orderlies) is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. At this rate of growth, there are forecast to be an additional 177,000 jobs for nursing assistants and orderlies by 2026.

As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes. Older people are more likely than younger people to have disorders such as dementia, or to live with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. More nursing assistants will be needed to care for patients with these conditions.

Demand for nursing assistants may be constrained by the fact that many nursing homes rely on government funding. Cuts to programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, may affect patientsí ability to pay for nursing home care. In addition, patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to increased opportunities for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.

The low pay and high emotional and physical demands cause many workers to leave the occupation, and they will have to be replaced. This creates opportunities for jobseekers.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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