Nurse holding a clip board talking to a patient

Nursing Assistants (Median Wage of $11.26/hr) provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom, or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Medication Aide (CMA), Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA), Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nurses’ Aide, Nursing Aide, Nursing Assistant, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)

Medical Assistants (Median Wage of $12.69/hr) perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Doctor’s Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Office Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Assistant, Optometric Technician, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

Local Characteristics

  • Average Wage of $11.85/hr
  • 1,895 Employed Locally
  • Projected Growth, 2018-2023: 3%
  • Retirement Risk: 18% of Local Employees Aged 55+
  • Gender Diversity: 11% of Local Employees are Male

NCRC/WorkKeys Targets*

Graphic Literacy
Nursing Assistants 3 4 4
Medical Assistants 4 5 4

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*In 2017 NCRC/WorkKeys test names were revised from the older titles of Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.