Nursing Assistants (31-1014)

Occupation description:  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. Excludes Home Health Aides (31-1011), Orderlies (31-1015), Personal Care Aides (39-9021), and Psychiatric Aides (31-1013).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,9152,111 10.220 4665
United States 1,492,1001,754,100 17.626,200 33,70059,900

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with very high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 13.299.6410.80 12.7815.0818.22
Alaska 18.0413.2215.51 17.8120.4323.46
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 17.3812.7014.98 17.2519.5122.94
Fairbanks North Star Borough 20.1717.2117.76 19.4421.5524.07
Southeast Region 19.6015.7217.26 18.8721.9124.34
Balance of State 17.5813.1614.84 17.3920.1723.05

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
2,204150 6.830.1 21.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation502
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation61
UI claimants previously working in occupation147
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,594
Number of job position postings 357
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.5

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Alaska Job Corps   (Palmer)
Certified Nurse Assistant Certificate
Personal Care Assistant Certificate

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Certified Nurse Assistant

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

Heritage Place   (Soldotna)
Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Certified Nurse Aide

Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Certified Nurse Aide

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Practical Nursing CT1
Practical Nursing CT2

University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Nurse Aide OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Certified Nurses Aide OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Ketchikan   (Ketchikan)
Certified Nurses Aide OEC

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Certified Nurses Aide OEC

Yuut Elitnaurviat   (Bethel)
Certified Nurse’s Aide

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Assistants and Personal Care Aides (February 2014)

Nursing Across the State (March 2010)