Jobs Working with the Aging Population
The baby boomer generation is has officially reached senior citizen status, meaning that jobs working with the aging population are, well, booming. If you're caring, patient and compassionate towards the elderly, here are three different jobs that cater to your skill set.
Social Worker for the Elderly
What they do: Tasks for social workers who work specifically with the aging population include providing help with paying bills, managing Medicare or insurance, offering help with home care and transportation and assisting in family and health crisis situations.
What they need: A bachelor's degree in social work is mandatory, while a master's degree is desired, especially for those eager to work with a specific population. Additionally, social workers must be licensed, a process that varies from state to state.
What they earn: $60,246 per year*
Projected Growth from 2008 to 2018: Jobs in the social work field are expected to increase from 14 to 19 percent. Huge growth is projected for those who work with the aging population.
Home Health Aides
What they do: Aides travel to the homes of elderly, ill or disabled people to help them accomplish daily tasks and provide comfort. Tasks may include changing bed linens, cleaning the home, shopping for food, helping patients in and out of bed, giving patients medicine and generally bringing an air of joy into their homes.
What they need: While no formal education is necessary (aides are usually offered on-the-job training), aides who work for some agencies will be required to complete a 75-hour training program and to pass a competency exam. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice also offers voluntary certification programs, which can make you more marketable.
What they earn: $28,173 per year*
Projected Growth from 2008 to 2018: As the baby boomer generation ages, employment for home health aides is expected to grow by 46 percent. Home health care is often a more affordable option than nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
Assisted Living Facility Administrator
What they do: Administrators have their hands in almost every aspect of the assisted living facility, from patient care to financial management. They oversee programs to get residents involved; maintain and monitor patient medical details; ensure that the facility is compliant with all necessary licenses; manage the fiscal accounts of the company; hire capable staff; and much more. Overall, however, the administrator is in charge of making resident feel comfortable and at home.
What they need: To get to the administrator level, much education and experience is required: a high school education, a bachelor's degree in a health-related field, a master's degree in health administration and several years' employment and management experience. Additional licensure may be required depending on the state.
What they earn: $131,236 per year*
Projected Growth from 2008 to 2018: Roles in health care management and administration are expected to grow by 16 percent. The aging population is likely to move into nursing homes and assisted living facilities, providing further demand for people in these roles.
*Salary information is the average figure listed on CBsalary.com.
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