Employment Opportunities For Caregivers: Unemployment at 14% but not for Caregiving 4. November 2009 0 Senior Caregiving, Caregiver Jobs, Caregiving Issues (4) October, 2009, the unemployment rate increased to 6.5% from 6.1%, the highest percent reported since 1994. However, some sectors of the economy are still hiring, including health care. As the population ages, career opportunities will continue in senior care. Advancements in medical care and technology are allowing seniors to live longer, but often caregiving assistance is required to maintain the activities of daily living. What positions are available in senior care? Many seniors require part-time caregiving services while they are recovering from surgery, such as a hip replacement or when coping with an age-related illness, such as Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease. Companion Caregiver, Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Home Health Aides and Certified Personal Care Aides assist with caregiving services in senior's homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living communities and in hospitals. What training is required? Companion Caregivers usually only require in-house training provided by the employer. Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Home Health Aides and Certified Personal Care Aides must attend a training program and pass the state exam to be officially certified. How long does it take to become certified? Most training programs are from 4 to 8 weeks long, depending upon if they are part-time or full-time. How much do training programs cost? Many times financial aid, grants and scholarships are available for nursing aide certification programs. Sometimes an employer will provide reimbursement for the training. Certified nursing aide and home health aide training programs usually cost from $400 to $2,500. Learn more about becoming a senior caregiver by reading stories from other caregivers, finding a training program in your area, taking a sample nursing aide test or a practice test exam and reviewing caregiver training videos. Apply for a job in your area to gain experience and begin your career.