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Nursing: Career and Education Opportunities in Pennsylvania

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

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Pennsylvania has a population of 12,604,767, which has grown by 2.64% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Keystone State," its capital is Harrisburg, though its most populous city is Philadelphia. In 2008, there were a total of 7,407,409 jobs in Pennsylvania. The average annual income was $39,762 in 2008, up from $38,738 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania was 8.1% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 22.4% of Pennsylvania residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Pennsylvania include railroad rolling stock manufacturing, women's' cut apparel manufacturing, and community care facilities for the elderly. Notable tourist destinations include the Marian Anderson Residence Museum, the American Interfaith Institute, and the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary.


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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.