Dallas offers an extremely varied economy, and because of this, jobs are plentiful. The vibrancy of the healthcare industry is apparent in the Dallas area which is home to numerous top healthcare leaders. One of the fastest growing occupations in Dallas in the healthcare industry is that of Home Health Aides. Individuals in this career work with the elderly, people with disabilities or individuals who are ill. As individuals in our society live longer and the cost of nursing home and hospital care continues to rise, the need for Home Health Aides also continues to increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, employment of home health aides is anticipated to grow 48 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Home Health Aides may perform a variety of duties including: applying topical medicine, changing bandages and bathing, dressing and general care needs. In some states, Home Health Aides are allowed to check vital signs and give medication under the supervision of a nurse or doctor. Home Health Aides work in the comfort of clients’ homes or in long-term care facilities.

The median annual pay for Home Health Aides, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor was $20,820 in May 2012, and Home Health Aides held about 875,100 jobs in 2012. The job can be physically and emotionally demanding, but many Home Health Aides become a small part of the client’s family as they are spending so much time with one individual. It is important for those interested in the career to know that the job can include an emotional attachment. A certain type of personality is definitely recommended and somewhat necessary to be able to succeed in this profession.

Home Health Aides do not need formal education, but a high school diploma is often highly recommended. For those Home Health Aides working in home health, typically certification involves a standardized test, and some type of formal training may be necessary. Formal training of 75 hours and a standardized test for certification can be completed through the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

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