January 2010 Unemployment at 9.7%: Caregiving Jobs Growing

The U.S. Department of Labor reported this morning that the unemployment rate for January, 2010, is 9.7%, with employment in retail and temporary work increasing.  At the same time, the health care and social service industry sector increased from 13.3 % to 17.1 % of the total job market from January a year ago - another indicator that employment opportunities in the healthcare field are indeed growing to keep up with the needs of the large baby boomer generation.

What type of jobs are available in senior care for individuals with no experience in caregiving?

  • Companion Caregivers
  • Senior Home Care Agency Office Staff: Office Manager, Scheduler, Recruiter
  • Community Relations (Sales)

What types of jobs are available in senior care for experienced caregivers?

  • Certified Nursing Aides
  • Certified Home Health Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Social Worker

You may become a certified nursing aide by attending a state approved training program and successfully completing the state C.N.A. exam.  You can obtain companion caregiver training by working for a senior home care agency which usually will provide training as part of their new employee orientation program (some states require a specific amount of training hours for each new caregiver).  You may also take a sample or practice nursing aide test to learn more about the skills a training program will teach.

As the Department of Labor statistics indicate, you will most likely enjoy long-term employment in the senior care field, along with the fulfillment of doing work which is highly appreciated. 





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  • Susan Laszuk

    2/9/2010 1:22:00 AM | Reply

    Thank you for the information on certification training - I have helped my grandmother for years and I think I could pass the class.


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