History says that nursing aides have been around as early as World War I, and the demand for their services has always been high. The trend is not changing anytime soon.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CNAs can expect a bright career outlook for many years to come. So, if you are wondering how your future looks as a CNA, worry no more! Job security is one excellent reason to love your work!
Here are some more details for this forecast:
From 2016 to 2026, the demand for nursing assistants is expected to grow by 11%, faster than the average for all occupations.
We have baby boomers to thank for this trend. The 74 million baby boomers, or those born between the year 1946 and 1964, have started retiring in 2011. It's been almost a decade since then, meaning that a lot of them are pushing through their seventh decade. The older population is growing and they will need care for years to come. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities such as nursing homes are expecting this surge, so this spells more job options and opportunities for CNAs.
There is a rise in the number of people experiencing chronic illness. In 2011, 41.8% of adults 25 and over had at least one chronic disease. In another finding, about half of all adults in the US, or 117 million people, have at least one chronic condition. The upswing is expected to continue in the coming years because of the aging population and the continuous embrace of unhealthy lifestyles. People will need medical attention and bedside care, so CNA jobs will certainly be in demand in the future.
Many CNAs are retiring, too. Established CNAs who have been in the workforce for decades will also retire soon. The position left by the retirees will need to be filled by nursing assistant job seekers.
High turnover rates. Work as a CNA comes with both rewards and challenges. Sometimes, the physical and emotional demands of the job prove taxing to nursing assistants, so they choose to leave and take another career path. Those who are unable to overcome the challenges or those who leave the occupation for some other reason (such as leveling up to a nursing position, for example) create work opportunities for aspiring CNAs.
Changes in healthcare mandates and provisions. Government funding has changed the way people benefit from Medicare and Medicaid and has therefore affected patient’s paying capacity for nursing home care, which relies heavily on government assistance. The shifts in federal and state funding, as well as changing patient preferences, has increased the need for home health and community rehabilitation services, which act as alternatives to home care. CNAs have good chances of finding work in these areas.
The job outlook for certified nursing assistants is very promising. Aside from that, their career also has no dead-end. There is significant growth in this occupation, and those who dream big can see their career boosted.
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