Senior Care Industry Overview:Caregiverlist.com, a service that connects seniors with professional caregivers, recently announced its Senior Care Employment Index which monitors the eldercare job industry.
Based on this index, the senior care industry has grown by 40% since 2008 (as of early 2013), and more than 4,000 caregivers and CNAs are hired monthly just through Caregiverlist.com.
There are nearly 11,000 senior care agencies in the United States. One thousand new agencies opened in 2012 alone. Each agency is hiring about three to six new senior caregivers per week!
Top 20 Cities for Senior Care EmploymentAccording to Caregiverlist.com, the cities with the greatest demand and highest employment rates in senior care are: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles/Orange County, Miami, New York City Metro Area, Orlando, Phoenix/Scottsdale, Philadelphia/Cherry Hill, NJ, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa/Sarasota, Washington DC Metro Area.
Employers and Work Settings for Senior Care JobsSenior care jobs are available in residential nursing homes that specialize in providing care to seniors. In addition, senior care workers are also needed in hospitals, senior centers, VA facilities, and home health care.
According to Caregiverlist.com, 4,000 additional senior home care agencies have opened since 2008, for a total of over 10,000 senior home care agencies operating nationwide.
Senior Care Jobs in Greatest DemandThe following are the four most common healthcare jobs needed in senior care:
- Companion Caregiver: This role requires no training, "other than a caring personality", according to Caregiverlist.com. Personal experience is an added bonus, but not a requirement.
- Certified Caregiver: This role requires completion of a 10-hour basic caregiver training.
- Certified Home Health Aide: Some states, such as NJ, FL, and CA, require formal training and standardized testing for home health aides.
- Certified Nursing Aide (CNA): CNAs must take a state-approved CNA course and pass the state examination.
In addition to the above roles, there is also some need for nurses and physicians in senior care (geriatrics) as well. Geriatricians are physicians who have completed additional fellowship training in senior care, but also general primary care physicians care for seniors as well.