The Bureau of Labor Statics indicates that caregivers, home health aides and personal aides will experience rapid growth in job opportunities, with demand doubling for these employees between 2008 and 2018. Pay for these positions is around $10 an hour, and schedules are typically part time and flexible. If you are currently caring for a loved one, consider whether you’re cut out for it professionally; many people will need compassionate care as our population ages in coming years. If you enjoy providing sensitive support for other people, now is a great time to investigate becoming trained as a home health aide, caregiver or personal aide career (regulations vary by position and by state).
Being a caregiver isn’t easy but there are lots of resources that can help you if you need advice about caring for a loved one in a home setting. Lift Caregiving has great advice to share, including an entire section dedicated to sharing advice for people who are working while being a caregiver.
Many people find that balancing a part-time or full-time job along with being a caregiver isn’t doable. But if you are considering moving into a healthcare career, taking time away from work to provide caregiving services doesn’t even result in an employment gap on your resume – it provides a seamless transition into your new role.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to be a caregiver, there are probably local volunteer organizations that could help give you a good idea whether it’s the right job for you. You may even have an elderly or sick neighbor who could use a helping hand. Even if you don’t discover a new career, you will have a positive impact on someones life which is a win-win either way!