Nursing Assistant

Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $11.35/hr
Median: $13.11/hr
Experienced: $14.77/hr

Current Employment
5,041 (2019)

Projected Employment
5,437 (2030)

Growth for Nursing Assistants

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Nursing Assistants

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)2,36046.8%34.8%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals1,21222.2%6.2%
Home Health Care Services6787.5%6.8%
Continuing Care Retirement Communities2114.2%19%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service1482.9%0.8%

Occupational Tasks

  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients’ needs.
  • Turn or reposition bedridden patients.
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Review patients’ dietary restrictions, food allergies, and preferences to ensure patient receives appropriate diet.
  • Measure and record food and liquid intake or urinary and fecal output, reporting changes to medical or nursing staff.