Nursing Career

There are plenty of good reasons to pursue a career in nursing or medical assisting. Health care is one of the fastest growing fields in today's economy. Just look at the numbers: the employment of licensed nurses is expected to grow much faster than average at 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, notes the U.S. Department of Labor. And that's just one option - this industry offers a variety of flexible and rewarding job opportunities that are in demand.

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Nursing Career

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  Career Job Summary Entry-Level Education* Median Pay*
Home Health & Personal Care AideHome Health & Personal Care AideAides help patients with daily tasks and dispense medication.Less than high school$20,170
Licensed Practical & Licensed Vocational NurseLicensed Practical & Licensed Vocational NurseThese nurses provide basic care to patients while carefully following the instructions and advice of the attending register nurse or doctor.Postsecondary graduate$40,380
Nursing Aide & OrderlyNursing Aide & OrderlyAides and orderlies help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities.Postsecondary non-degree award$24,010
Registered NurseRegistered NurseRNs manage patient care and maintain patients' records.Associate's degree$64,690

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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