Home Health Aides

What do they do?

Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing, and grooming of patient.

Also known as:

Care Giver, Caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Medical Aide (CMA), Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Direct Care Professional, Direct Support Professional (DSP), Habilitation Training Specialist, Home Attendant, Home Care Aide, Home Health Aid, Home Health Aide (HHA), Home Health Provider, Hospice Aide, Hospice/Home Health Aide, In Home Caregiver, Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nursing Assistant, Residential Counselor

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Home Health Aides in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Home Health Aides is projected to grow 51 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 51.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #5 in job growth rate
  • 2,210

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #16 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Home Health Aides:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Award of less than 1 academic year, is listed after the major.

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (1.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (7%)
  • Associate's degree (10%)
  • Some college, no degree (31.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (36.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (12.7%)

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Colleges that Prepare

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Maintain medical records.
  • Assist patients with daily activities.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Engage patients in exercises or activities.
  • Feed patients.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.

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