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Nursing: Career and Education Opportunities in Illinois

Nursing: Nursing Aides and Orderlies provide support for nursing staff as they work to help provide medical care for patients.

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Illinois has a population of 12,910,409, which has grown by 3.95% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Land of Lincoln," its capital is Springfield, though its largest city is Chicago. In 2008, there were a total of 7,657,328 jobs in Illinois. The average annual income was $42,540 in 2008, up from $41,720 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.7% since the previous year. Roughly 26.1% of Illinois residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Illinois include construction machinery merchant wholesalers, beer, wine, and distilled alcoholic beverage merchant wholesalers, and nonchocolate confectionery manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Chicago Peregrine Release, the Dusable Museum of African American History, and the Chinatown Museum Foundation.


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Certified Nursing Aide

Certified Nursing Aides provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Certified Nursing Aides need to note the reactions and responses of others in both work and social situations. They also need to look for ways to help others.
Home Health Aide

Home Health Aides provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility. Home Health Aides need to listen well to others and take in their information and issues. They also need to read and understand what has been read.