Positions for home health aides are among the most in-demand Seattle medical jobs available.
Home health aides are mostly responsible for providing routine, personal healthcare to their patients, who are usually elderly or disabled. Duties can include everything from bathing and dressing to administering medication and keeping records.
These workers are typically employed by certified home health or hospice agencies and work under the direct supervision of a medical professional. They often work closely with therapists and other medical staff.
Home health aides that work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursements must receive formal training and pass a competency test prior to being hired.
According to the Washington State Employment Security Department, home health aides are considered to be an in-demand career, meaning there will be plenty of employment opportunities during the near future.
Throughout the State of Washington, employment of home health aides is expected to increase from 12,937 workers during 2008 to 19,401 workers by 2018, accounting for 6,464 additional jobs and a growth rate of 50 percent.
The top 10 industries that employed home health aides in Washington during 2007 were:
- Community care facility for the elderly
- Home healthcare services
- Nursing care facilities
- Employment services
- Individual and family services
- General medical and surgical hospitals
- Lessors of real estate
- Other residential care facilities
- Offices of physicians
- Electronic shopping and mail order houses
During 2010, home health aides in Washington earned an average salary of $11.20 per hour. The median wage was $11.01 per hour, while the lowest percentile wage was $9.17 per hour, and the highest percentile wage was $13.68 per hour.
Some related occupations include: nursing aides, orderlies and attendants; flight attendants; child care workers; and personal and home care aides.