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Nursing jobs are some of the most in demand jobs in today's economy. While most other professions are experiencing decreasing employment opportunities, nursing jobs - more specifically CNA jobs - are thriving. This is largely because there always has been, and always will be, a high demand for medical professionals to take care of the sick, ill, elderly, etc. Nursing jobs aren't just thriving today; they will likely continue to thrive and maintain high employment rates for at least the next 30 - 40 years. This is because baby boomers constitute 26% of the American population and will continue to require medical care for the rest of their lives.
One of the best things about becoming a CNA (certified nursing assistant) is that the training required to complete the program typically takes under or around 2 years. An individual can receive comprehensive training in a relatively brief amount of time, while acquiring the skill sets required to work in a hospital, physician's office, lab or other medical setting.
Federal law mandates that in order to become a CNA one must complete a minimum of 75 hours of training, with 16 hours of that training being "hands-on" practice. Regulations vary state to state and some states elect to impose stricter regulations than federal law, however no state is permitted to certify CNAs with less requirements than federal law says. Federal law also requires students to take and successfully complete the CNA test, which is a grueling and very in-depth test to make sure a student fully grasps the material they have been taught. Even subsequent to officially becoming a CNA, nurses are required to take an annual test which ensures that they continue to understand all aspects of their job. If a CNA fails this annual test, they are permitted to retake it until they pass.
Another great thing about choosing to attend CNA training to become a medical professional is that, compared to standard 4-year college, the cost of CNA training is relatively inexpensive. Typically classes cost a total of anywhere from $800 to $1,500. When you consider the fact that a 4-year university degree can cost upwards of $30,000, $1,500 is a small price to pay.
If you are interested in joining this booming medical field there are hundreds of programs across the nation which offer comprehensive CNA training programs. Each state varies on the requirements to become certified and it's rare that training will take 2 years. Typically a student can become a CNA in around a year or less.