|Quick Facts: Nursing Assistants and Orderlies|
Nursing assistants help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities.
Nursing assistants and orderlies work in nursing and residential care facilities and in hospitals. They are frequently physically 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.
Overall employment of nursing assistants and orderlies is projected to grow 9 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, nursing assistants and orderlies will be needed to assist and care for elderly patients.
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