Home Health Aide

Care Giver, Care Worker, Caregiver, Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA), Certified Medical Aide (CMA)   More Names
Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Companion, Direct Care Counselor, Direct Care Professional, Direct Care Worker, Direct Support Professional, Habilitation Training Specialist, Health Care Assistant, Health Service Worker, Health Support Specialist (HSS), Healthcare Associate, Home Attendant, Home Care Aide, Home Care Attendant, Home Care Giver, Home Care Provider, Home Health Aid, Home Health Aide (HHA), Home Health Aides, Home Health Attendant, Home Health Care Provider, Home Health Provider, Home Help Aide, Hospice Aide, Hospice/Home Health Aide, In Home Caregiver, Independent Living Specialist, Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA), Nurse's Companion, Nursing Assistant, Patient Service Representative, Resident Assistant, Resident Care Aide, Resident Care Associate, Resident Care Provider, Residential Aide, Residential Counselor, State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA)
Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

Home health aides generally are not required to have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, although a number of employers prefer these when hiring. Nearly half of all home health aides have some kind of postsecondary training, in most cases, earning either a certificate or an associate's degree. A small proportion may hold a bachelor's or master's degree.

Home health aides often are trained on-the-job by their more experienced fellow workers, supervisors, licensed practical nurses, or registered nurses. Some of this training concerns how to cook, especially for patients with special diet needs, how to perform basic housekeeping tasks, and to keep a patient's surroundings safe and sanitary.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

38% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $19,890 - $25,760

Hourly: $10 - $12