The BLS projects 9% job growth for CNAs from 2020 to 2030, much faster than average. Demand for CNAs will continue to increase along with the aging population and need for caregivers.
Many CNAs advance by becoming LPNs or RNs while continuing to work. Some pursue specialized certifications in fields like dementia care or EKG tech. With experience, CNAs can become supervisors or instructors.
CNA certification and licensing requirements vary by state but generally involve completing an approved training program and passing a competency exam. Licenses must be renewed every 1-2 years.
Full-time CNA training programs take 4-12 weeks to complete. After finishing training, students can take the certification exam. So the full process takes less than 6 months for most candidates.
To become a CNA, you’ll need to complete a state-approved training program and pass a competency exam. No high school diploma or GED is required in most states. Some programs have minimum age requirements.
In 2023, the cost of CNA training programs ranges from $500 to $1,500. Many community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals, and nursing homes offer affordable programs that take 4-12 weeks to complete.
Employment for CNAs is projected to grow 7% from 2022 to 2032, faster than the average across all occupations. Demand for CNAs will increase to care for the growing elderly population in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for CNAs in 2023 is around $32,000. The lowest 10% earn less than $25,000 and the highest 10% earn more than $50,000 per year.