Nursing Assistants

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
48%
risk level
POLLING
38%
Based on 68 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
4.7%
by year 2032
WAGES
$38,200
or $18.36 per hour
Volume
1,351,760
as of 2023
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
4.9/10

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Automation risk

48% (Moderate Risk)

Moderate Risk (41-60%): Occupations with a moderate risk of automation usually involve routine tasks but still require some human judgment and interaction.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

38% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 48% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Nursing Assistants will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Sentiment

The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)

Growth

Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Nursing Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 4.7% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Nursing Assistants' was $38,200, or $18 per hour

'Nursing Assistants' were paid 20.5% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 1,351,760 people employed as 'Nursing Assistants' within the United States.

This represents around 0.9% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 112 people are employed as 'Nursing Assistants'.

Job description

Provide or assist with basic care or support under the direction of onsite licensed nursing staff. Perform duties such as monitoring of health status, feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, or ambulation of patients in a health or nursing facility. May include medication administration and other health-related tasks. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides, and nursing attendants.

SOC Code: 31-1131.00

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Comments

Matias (No chance) says
It is often believed that nursing assistants are limited to caring for elderly patients, but that is only one area of the many jobs they perform. They are constantly physically interacting with patients, performing minor or even major routine procedures under the supervision of a nurse. it is impossible to imagine that a robot could replace them considering that, one of the most common tasks they perform is drawing blood or cleaning wounds, and this carries a massive biohazard if not handled correctly.
A robot doing this single task would need, at least to comply with legal regulations on sanitation, to have a self-cleaning system that works at least three times per procedure, a contamination area suitable for the robot where it can expel the waste, a technician to supervise that the hygiene process has been correctly executed, sterilization supplies applied by a third party or by a second mechanism to prevent contamination of blood or biological secretions in new procedures.
And the biggest problem is that if the robot were to fail to perform its hygiene process and contaminate another patient, the lawsuits would be catastrophic for a task that could be performed by a human in less time and for a low wage.

I believe that it would cost the wage of four nursing assistants to cover the maintenances and pay technicians for a single robot.
Jun 05, 2024 at 09:49 PM
Kate (No chance) says
Nursing assistants need to interact with people in a very physical way which constantly adapts and is never the same. Replacing NAs will require the development and deployment of highly agile soft robotics that are able to safely and comfortably handle human beings while considering medical factors that are not easily measured.
May 27, 2024 at 05:52 AM
S (No chance) says
Robots have no emotions so how could they care for patients?
Sep 06, 2023 at 04:57 PM

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