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Licensed Nursing Assistant Salary and Job Outlook

Deciding to enroll in a career training program is a big step in your life. Make sure you take the time you need to research the job outlook for the future and the type of salary you can expect to earn. You want to be sure you are making a good decision for your future.

What is the Job Outlook for LNAs?

Before enrolling in a career training program, it is a good idea to check the job outlook for your chosen field. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Labor, the job outlook for LNAs is positive. The handbook states that the employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is expected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024. This growth figure is faster than the average of all occupations in the handbook.

The handbook attributes the job outlook to the aging of the baby boom population, and the need to care for senior citizens as they enter into long-term health facilities.

How Much Do Licensed Nursing Assistants Make?

The salary for licensed nursing assistants will differ depending on your geographic region, your employer, and your years of experience. The Occupational Outlook Handbook contains a section on the pay for nursing assistants and orderlies. Keep in mind that this is an annual median wage that includes data from across the entire country. Check in your local job listings to see what the typical wage is for nursing assistants, and use this information to help you determine if this is the right career path for you.

As with all jobs, when you are just starting in a new career, you may have to start at an entry-level wage. But as you gain experience, develop a positive reputation, and participate in continuing education, more opportunities may become available.

Career Services at Salter Nursing

Our Career Services department is here for you. We help students and alumni in their job searches by providing referrals, as well as special training on career search techniques. We can assist you with goal-setting, resume writing, networking, and interview techniques. We encourage students to check in with us regularly so that we can help you keep your career search on track.