What economic sector has the most jobs? The answer might surprise you.
The top US employer is the government. But that includes the military, and those “jobs” aren’t for everybody. The most jobs available to the general public are in health care, with nearly 400,000 jobs added to the economy in 2019.
Home health care positions such as personal care aides, home health aides and health care aides (PCAs, HHAs and HCAs) were a major part of that growth, with nearly 80,000 new jobs created in that sector alone. It’s no wonder that Platinum Home Health Care keeps posting new positions!
Home health care jobs are largely independent of the economy’s ups and downs, because the need for care is not affected by the stock market or the price of corn. And with the “Baby Boom” generation entering its senior years at a record pace, this market will be growing faster than most others for many years to come.
Low barriers to entry.
You don’t need to go to medical school for the vast majority of positions. Private home health care companies may not require certification, and can offer on-the-job training. This training may be provided by supervisors and team leaders or by certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or nurses and nurse supervisors.
Home health care aides (HHAs and HCAs) who work in Medicare and Medicaid-funded organizations are required to have certification suitable for their role. But this can usually be achieved in a few short weeks of training. You can find employers who will provide certification training as part of the employment offer. Otherwise you can take a course at a community college or other training facility in your area, and your certification will make you a preferred candidate.
At the most basic level, home health aides perform routine healthcare tasks to help their patients. They perform routine tasks like checking vital signs such as pulse rate, temperature and blood pressure. They give medications or help with physical therapy and exercise, and keep the patient cheerful, occupied, and socially engaged.
Other duties may include cleaning bed pans, changing linens and other tasks to help their patients have a dignified, high quality daily life. There are often patient lifting, moving, and transportation duties, so health care aides must be physically able to help their patients with the necessary tasks of everyday living.
Additional training is available for those who want to work in hospice care or other specialized areas, which can boost your career opportunities. It’s very common for dedicated, professional workers to advance into supervisory and management roles and to make a life-long career in this field.
And of course, there are dozens of support positions in the administrative and clerical side of the home health care business that offer great career opportunities, too!
Great opportunity for caring-minded people.
This kind of work takes a special kind of person, someone with caring and giving in their nature. Home health aides must be empathetic, compassionate, dependable, and cheerful. Responsibility and integrity are also critical qualities for this role. After all, you are being trusted with the most precious thing: a family member’s well-being.
If you like meeting people, making new friends, hearing their remarkable stories and helping them live in safety, comfort and good health, a career in home care services is a great choice. Great home health care providers can become like a part of the family and make a huge difference in their patient’s lives.
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