Caregiver Job Market
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What does a caregiver do?
As the proverbial (and literal) saints of healthcare, caregivers use their compassion, sensitivity, and concrete skills to assist in all areas of patient care and management. Here’s what a typical day or week might look like:
- Cleaning and bathing patients or residents
- Helping patients use the toilet and dress
- Turning, repositioning, and transferring patients between beds and wheelchairs
- Measuring patients’ vital signs, such as blood pressure and temperature
- Serving meals and helping patients eat
Professional caregivers work in a variety of settings such as residential care facilities and hospitals.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for certified nursing assistants is just above $28,000 per year, so that should give you a good idea as to what you can expect to earn as a caregiver.
Employment of nursing assistants is projected to grow 9% through 2028, while employment of home health aides is projected to grow by 36%. That’s a great outlook for caregivers with the right skills.