Questions about CNA
What related fields do you think I should consider?
What are the hourly wages as a CNA?
Are there flexible hours in this field ?
Hourly wage? Varies by experience starting at 15hr -20 hr
Hour flexible? Sort of
Days 6-2pm, evenings 2-10pm, NOC shift 10-6am
Typically days goes to senior staff and the rest goes to junior
Also available are floaters or on call and plenty of over time
Being a CNA is a great way to become introduced to the medical field. It is also a great stepping stone for growth, i.e. if you pursue additional education, having the experience of being a CNA will look great on your resume!
A CNA can do fairly well (financially), considering this position does not require a high school diploma for training or to obtain a job. From my experience, there are many job opportunities for CNAs and the hours can be quite flexible as well. For example, there is often high demand for CNAs and most employers understand that individuals may still be in high school or pursuing additional school, allowing them to work with you for a schedule. With this being said, you may find yourself being needed at work numerous times of the day. A good work-life-school balance will be important to assist with developing your work goals and having a healthy life outside of work.
I personally think that if you start being a CNA, and enjoy the work, you could consider additional medical avenues after being a CNA for a while. Many RNs start as CNAs, and RNs have tremendous opportunities for growth within the medical field. Other fields that you could move to if using CNA as a stepping stone could be a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Respiratory Therapist, Radiology Technician, Pharmacy, and so much more.
Overall, it is a great idea to consider being a CNA to first establish if you are in a field that you enjoy and are passionate about (medical field). Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any additional questions or would like any further elaborations on anything I stated! :)