Considering a Caregiver job? The overview below is designed to tell you more about the field, including the types of jobs available, skills required, typical salary range, and current industry trends.

Caregivers are unique in the way they so closely work with their patients to ensure they are comfortable and have all their needs met. There are few working relationships that bring patient and provider closer than the caregiver and client relationship. This makes caregiving both an extremely rewarding and also potentially challenging job, but it is certainly among our most popular jobs.

Caregiver Overview

As a caregiver, you will work one-on-one with your patient to ensure their needs of daily living are met. You will not only see to their physical needs, but also to their emotional needs by performing some or all of the following duties:

  • Light cleaning
  • Preparing meals
  • Helping with dressing, bathing and toileting
  • Shopping and running errands
  • Transporting patients to activities and appointments
  • Overseeing adequate personal hygiene
  • Acting as a friend and companion

Caregiver Salary and Outlook

Caregiver jobs are experiencing stellar growth, with nearly 600,000 new jobs expected to be added by 2022. There is some short on-the-job training required, but you can find a caregiving job without a high school diploma. The average pay for caregivers is $19,910 per year, or $9.57 per hour.

Caregivers are consistently in high demand. If you are looking for a long term, stable career choice where you can almost always find work for your skills, consider the many benefits and rewarding prospect of working as a caregiver.

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