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26 Associates's Degrees Annually
90 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#182 in Popularity (Associate's)
$29,580 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 3,690
Basic Certificate 615
Bachelor’s Degree 90
Associate’s Degree 26

What Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants Majors

Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Skills for Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants Majors

When studying other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants Majors

As a other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Major?

People with a other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 12.3% $46,240
Nursing Assistants 11.5% $28,540

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants?

26 Associate's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
92% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 88% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 4
Hispanic or Latino 20
White 0
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Other Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $29,580 to $47,050 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 2.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 21.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 36.6%
Some College Courses 25.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 13.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 0.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.2%

Online Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 119 schools offered some type of other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 15 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 87 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 8 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 15 1
Master’s Degree 5 0
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Other Nursing & Nursing Assistants Worth It?

The median salary for a other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants grad is $29,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants.

Major Number of Grads
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 45,606
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 43,162

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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