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Home Health and Personal Care Aides

Home Health and Personal Care Aides
Quick Facts : Home Health and Personal Care Aides*
2010 Median Pay$20,170
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20121,878,700
Job Outlook70% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change1,313,200


Home health and personal care aides provide much needed assistance to people with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or cognitive impairments. They also help out seniors in easing the strain of daily activities such as dressing and bathing and light housekeeping. Aides often keep track of when a client?s prescriptions need to be filled or when the client has his or her next doctor?s appointment.

What Home Health and Personal Care Aides Do

  • Help clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Organize a client's schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors' offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals
  • Provide companionship

Work Environment

Home health and personal care aides work in a variety of settings. Most work in a client's home; others work in small group homes or larger care communities.
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Job Outlook

Employment of home health aides is expected to grow by 69 percent from 2010 to 2020 as the baby-boom population ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for home health and personal care aides to provide assistance and companionship will continue to increase.
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Pay

The average salary of home health aides was $20,560 in May 2010.
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Home Health and Personal Care Aides*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Home Health and Personal Care Aides

20170

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Home Health and Personal Care Aides*
Percent Change in Employment

Home Health and Personal Care Aides

69.8994

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Home Health and Personal Care Aides

There are no formal education requirements for home health and personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma. Home health aides working in certified home health or hospice agencies must get formal training and pass a standardized test.
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