Home Health Care Jobs Can Help Lift Less Educated Workers

Source from http://www.homecaredaily.com

Recent reports have indicated that there are more jobs being created within the health care industry and that the majority of them are ideal for less educated workers. Some of these jobs are within the home health care market and even though they may pay lower wages and have lower educational demands, they have the opportunity to be a launching point for anyone looking to get into the health care industry.

A new Brookings Institute report was recently released that highlights the impact that more overall health care jobs are having on individuals who may not have any college education, much less a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The report noted that between 2000 and 2011, based on 10 significant health care occupations within the industry, 46 percent of those individuals who filled the positions has an education less than a bachelor’s degree. This would include individuals who had a high school diploma, who had taken some college classes, who had an associates degree, or who had yet to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements. Compared to growth within these same 10 occupations of individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree (36 percent), those employees without outpaced those with.

The industry, as of 2011, counted approximately 12.1 million employees. Those who had less than a bachelor’s degree accounted for 61 percent of the workforce. These could be home health aides, nursesassistants who completed an associates or licensing program, kitchen staff, janitorial staff, and more.

The Brookings Institute report also noted that the wage discrepancies between the higher level jobs within the industry and the lower level jobs continued to grow, with the middle income positions becoming less common. It also noted that the health care industry can help to bridge this gap between the low wage and higher wage positions by providing education, resources, and other means for employees to gain education and move up the proverbial ladder.

The bulk of the lower wage jobs were for personal care aides, home health care workers, and nurses’ aides who earn less than $30,000 per year, on average.

The study offered some recommendations, as reported in USA Today:

“The study recommends that such workers be utilized to a far greater extent, especially under a new health care law designed to increase efficiency and lower costs. For example, home health aides can be trained to monitor patients’ conditions, enter electronic medical data and even do some health coaching … The added duties… bring higher pay (USA Today).”