Compelling Reasons to Become an STNA/CNA

Have you ever considered beginning a career as a nurse’s aide (aka a nursing assistant)? If you happen to be “on the fence” at this point, then here’s something you should definitely take into consideration.

A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics disclosed an interesting prediction for STNA jobs through 2016. Positions in this field are expected to become more abundant than positions in any other occupation.

The growing senior citizen population seems to be the main reason for the numerous positions opening up in this field. Employees who decide to retire, resign, or change careers will also contribute to this growth when they vacate their positions.

Naturally, the majority of open positions will be in the senior care sectors. During this time, nurses and other health care officials will be in very high demand. Assisted living facilities will hire the majority of new employees. Hospitals will increase their staff as well but not by as much.

The “Boomers”

Well, it just makes sense doesn’t it? The post-World War II “Baby Boomers” represent about ¼ of the entire US population or about 75 MILLION people. Born between 1946 and 1964, they’re currently in their 50s and 60s, with the oldest about to enter their 70s.

While most of them are still relatively young compared to the nursing home population, their aging status, in conjunction with those who are retiring from healthcare jobs, is already starting to have a massive impact on the demand for healthcare professionals.

Don’t think so? Just take a look at the chart above.


Just look at that spike starting in 2012 going into 2013!

And that was over two years ago. What do you think is going to happen to the healthcare job market when increasing numbers of the Boomers enter their 70s?

The takeaway from all this is that there has NEVER BEFORE in US HISTORY, been a better time to begin a career in the healthcare industry. These days, landing a job in the healthcare field is much easier than in other fields, and as demand grows, it will become easier still.

Remember what you learned in economics class about “Supply and Demand”?

Higher Wages

As the demand grows (due to an increase of elderly citizens needing healthcare) and supply diminishes (because older professionals are retiring) not only will it become much easier to get a job in the healthcare niche, but wages will rise in proportion to growing demand.

Employers will have a hard time filling these positions due to a scarcity of professional healthcare workers. To attract the best employees and fill positions quickly, employers will need to offer higher pay, giving employees the upper hand while employers compete amongst each other.

If you pursue a career in the healthcare field, you’ll be amongst those employees who will have the negotiating power when the time arrives. Starting your occupational pursuit today will put you in a better position tomorrow.

In addition to the demand for nurse’s aides, almost every career in the healthcare field is flourishing. All you need to do is choose the one that interests you the most. You can become a medical assistant, dental assistant, nurse, or health care facilitator. All of these fields are perfect for the person who is looking for stability and growth.

In a few short years, the healthcare field will have more positions than the available professionals can fill. It only makes sense to enter into a field that has a very promising future.

8 thoughts on “Compelling Reasons to Become an STNA/CNA

  1. March 30, 2015

    Larry Reply

    That is what I keep hearing in various news outlets, including the nightly news. That is, that the aging population is growing and that the birth rate is down. Well, the low birth rate is not as much of a problem in the United States as it is in Japan and China, but the rate has lowered in the U.S. in recent decades as compared to the baby boom generation and previous generations. They say it’s because young people today are settling down and starting families less.

  2. April 1, 2015

    Robert Reply

    I agree with many of the news reports and statistics which indicate that jobs in the medical field all across the board are in demand. But since not everybody has the ability, time or resources to become a physician, the majority of the job openings and the demand for those jobs can be attributed to jobs such as nurse aides and administrative jobs as well. I think anyone who has a passion for the medical field should consider one of these branches of the medical field.

  3. April 2, 2015

    John Reply

    I had heard of CAN’s, but never STNA’s. I assume an STNA degree puts you at the front of that line. This article is a revelation of the fastest growing part of the US economy, mostly due to the ageing population. It’s hard to fathom that by 2030 an expected 72 million people will be over the age of 65that’s 19% of the total population! Anyone looking for a career that offers opportunities for advancement and a decent income should definitely give this consideration.

  4. April 3, 2015

    Robert Reply

    In anticipation of the rising wages for healthcare providers, I would think this alone is a strong motivating factor for those considering a career path as a CNA or STNA. I also believe that the advancements in medical care will increase exponentially in the next ten years and this will increase the life span of the elderly population, thereby creating even more demand for these types of healthcare jobs.

  5. April 4, 2015

    Lee Reply

    Despite this economic recession and high unemployment rates, some professions are actually growing. It’s hard to believe if you’ve turned on the news within the last year, but it’s true! Care-giving and CNA jobs are among those that are hiring more and more positions each year. For some jobs, the economy isn’t so friendly and layoffs are a reality. For those who have been laid off, a career switch may be necessary. With care-giving and CNA hiring trends on the rise, this is a promising profession that has a lot of job openings, competitive pay and flexible hours.

  6. April 5, 2015

    David Reply

    A certified nursing assistant career is rewarding for compassionate individuals who enjoy caring for people. The job may be demanding, but you can derive a sense of satisfaction from helping patients feel comfortable and loved. What I find most unique about this type of job is the benefits that you derive from the fact that you spend a lot of time with patients, and you have the opportunity to develop close relationships, particularly with those individuals who need long-term care.

  7. April 6, 2015

    Shila Reply

    As far as expectations when you get your degree, I’d say it depends on the State in which you are certified. some are a little different in what the STNA can do. In Ohio, as an STNA, my friend provides individuals with ADL’s (activities of daily living) such as bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, and hygiene. She does Catheter and colostomy care, takes vital signs( blood pressure, pulse, respiration, temperature), She assists with walking, toileting, make beds, some light cleaning of equipment, and also charting on each patient. STNA’s spend more time with their patients than most Dr’s and nurses, so you are usually “eye’s and ears” for the nurses and doctors if anything changes in how the patient is doing.

  8. April 7, 2015

    Austin Reply

    The stats are indeed quite compelling. If you are a student or a person thinking about going to school or you are an older person who may be thinking about going back to school, either because you finally decided to get a degree or because you’re job market is staggering and you need to look in another direction, I would say that this career path is a good supplemental income or a career choice.

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