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15 Hottest Health Care Fields of 2010

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#1 Home Health Aides

The rapid growth in home health care and high replacement needs have made home health aides indispensable. These talented individuals help people who are disabled, chronically ill, or cognitively impaired and older adults, who may need assistance, live in their own homes or in residential facilities instead of in health facilities or institutions. They also assist people in hospices and day programs and help individuals with disabilities go to work and remain engaged in their communities.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 836,700

    Projected Growth: 48+%

    Median Wage: $22,128

Home health aides must receive formal training and pass a competency test to work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid. Personal and home care aides, however, face a wide range of requirements, which vary from State to State.

Home health aides and personal and home care aides generally work alone, with periodic visits from their supervisor. They receive detailed instructions explaining when to visit patients and what services to perform. Aides are responsible for getting to patients’ homes, and they may spend a good portion of the work day traveling from one patient to another.

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Find a Fulfilling Career in Home Health Care
Career Q&A: Home Health Aide
Career Guide: Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
Top 10 Best and Worst States to Be a Home Health Aide
Quiz: Home Health Aide: Should I Give it a Try?

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