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The best and worst states to be a CNA in 2012

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If you’re a CNA looking for work, you’re in luck!

CNAs can expect a 19 percent increase in demand between 2008 and 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Why the upswing? Reasons include an aging population, a growth in the health industry to meet the needs of a growing overall population, and the need to replace CNAs who either retire or leave the profession.

The bulk of CNA jobs are in nursing homes, followed by hospitals. The remainder of the jobs are found in settings such as residential facilities, government agencies, outpatient centers and private care.

So, which states should you set your sights on if you’re a CNA looking for a job?

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Cynthia Dusseault
Cynthia Dusseault is a professional freelance writer with both a health and an education background. A former medical radiation technologist and elementary school teacher, she realized that no matter what she did, she was drawn to any task that involved writing, so she decided, over a decade ago, to write full-time. Since then, she has written for a variety of magazines and websites including Nursing PRN, National Review of Medicine, University Affairs, Your Health, Education Leaders Today, Today's Parent, Children's Playmate, WeightWatchers.ca and many more. She has written about topics such as asthma, genital herpes, circumcision, teleradiology, body art, learning disabilities and exercise trends, and she absolutely adores the fact that writing—particularly doing the research for the articles she writes—makes her a lifelong learner.

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