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Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Best States for Entry-Level Nursing Jobs

Jon Wirt and

November 19, 2009

With so many nursing job openings, it begs the question: Where should you work? NursingLink is committed to providing its members with the most most pertinent career research available. Below is the 10 best places for an entry level nursing job based on salary and job openings.

10 Top Paying States for Medical Assistants

The median salary for Medical Assistants is $13.19

State Hourly Wage
District of Columbia    $16.84
Alaska $16.84
Massachusetts $15.27
Connecticut $15.13
Washington $15.13
New Jersey $14.86
Minnesota $14.69
Oregon $14.62
Colorado $14.41
New Hampshire $14.37

Top 10 States with the Most Average Annual Job Openings for Medical Assistants

There are, on average, 39,320 annual job openings for Medical Assistants in the United States

State Average Annual
Job Openings
California 2,880
Florida 1,830
Ohio 1,050
New York 1,000
Pennsylvania 800
Georgia 770
Michigan 760
New Jersey 700
North Carolina   660
Arizona 550

District of Columbia, Kansas, Texas and Virginia not reporting


• Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics and information such as test results in medical records.

• Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.

• Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

• Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.

• Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.

• Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.

• Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.


• English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

• 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.

• 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.

• Clerical – Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.