We surveyed 3,191 orderlies to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical orderly. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as an orderly?

Low

High

Working as an orderly typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become an orderly?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as an orderly typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as an orderly?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as an orderly. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for orderlies.

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Do orderlies work full-time or part-time?

63% of orderlies work in full-time roles while 37% work part-time.

Is being an orderly stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for orderlies, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as an orderly?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be an orderly.

How competitive is the workplace for orderlies?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for orderlies.

Does being an orderly require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Orderlies will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.

Are orderlies allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Orderlies rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do orderlies have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Orderlies tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being an orderly physically demanding?

Low

High

Being an orderly requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are orderlies exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, orderlies tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being an orderly require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as an orderly.

Does being a good orderly require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as an orderly.