Many careers today require numerous years of college and specialized degrees before you can successfully find employment.  Some jobs require you to finish at least two years of trade school before you can work.  Then there are those jobs that only require a few months of your time and a willingness to help others for you to begin a career.    If you are looking for a quick change into challenging career in the medical field one of the stepping stones to getting there is starting out as a CNA or Certified Nursing Assistant.

            According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics on CNA’s, employment for nursing aides is expected to grow by 20 percent between 2010 and 2020.  The median pay is 11.54 per hour or $24,010 per year and the highest pay is over $15.27 per hour or $31,760 per year. The great part of becoming a CNA is that depending on where you go for your training , you can complete the course in as little as 3 weeks or as long as 6 months.  The only stipulation is that the course must provide you with 75 hours of approved training.  This comes in handy for the spouse that needs to quickly get a job to help improve the family’s financial status or for a person looking to make better than minimum wage. 

            After completion of the state required course, CNA’s must pass a competency exam.  After the exam is passed, CNA’s are put on the state registry as Certified Nursing Aides.  Nursing aides can work in various environments.  They can work in a doctor’s office, hospitals, in home care or nursing homes.  NOTE:   They must be on the state registry if they plan on working in a nursing home.  Additional requirements may be background checks and immunization records updated.  They work under the supervision of Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses.  Some of the duties of a CNA are helping with medical procedures, taking patients vital signs, feeding, dressing and bathing patients as well as keeping their rooms clean.

            Some of the qualities that you should possess if you desire to go into this field are compassion and a willingness to help others.  Many patients look to their CNA’s for emotional support.  So if you want to start your first career or change careers into something worthwhile, this program may be just what you need.  They pay is above minimum wage and you can normally work as much overtime as you would like contributing to your overall income.  Go on take the plunge and choose this