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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of personal care aides (or non-medical caregivers) is projected to grow 36% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
What is a non-medical caregiver?
In general, non-medical caregivers provide personal care, companionship and/or homemaking duties—all with the goal of helping people remain independent and stay in their own homes as long as possible.
Some agencies require their non-medical caregivers to be Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), but in most states, being a CNA is not necessary.
So, how do you get started?
There are many paths you can take to prepare yourself for a career as a non-medical caregiver. But training requirements vary by state. Be sure to follow the rules of your state.
Here are four options:
- Start slowly. Find work as a companion or sitter at first, just to see if you like the clients, the schedule, and the travel. Most agencies will hire this level of caregiver with no formal training or experience at all.
- Move up. If you want to do more than work as a companion or sitter, look for an agency that advertises “training” as a perk of employment. Apply for the position and follow their learning journey.
- Want to DIY it? Check out intheknow’s 8-Hour Caregiver Certification Series. It covers all the basic caregiving skills you need to become a non-medical caregiver.
- Go pro! Want to have even more responsibility (and make a little more money)? Get certified as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). Look for programs at your local community college or American Red Cross.
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