The CNA career outlook is expected to be very good. CNA employment is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is partly in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population.
Modern medical technology will also drive demand for CNAs because as the technology saves and extends more lives, it increases the need for long-term care provided by assistants. Patient preferences and shifts in federal and state funding are increasing the demand for home and community-based long-term care, which should lead to an improved CNA outlook for nursing assistants working in home health and community rehabilitation services.
The CNA job outlook for those with formal training and who have completed a state-approved education program and passed their state’s competency exam should be excellent, particularly in long-term care facilities, home healthcare services and community-based care settings.
Because of the emotional and physical demands of this occupation, many CNAs choose to leave the profession to get more training or another job. This creates opportunities for jobseekers who want to become nursing assistants.