Home Care Jobs

5 States with the Most Home Care Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), five states with the most home care jobs are located in the Midwest and Eastern sections of the country. Findings indicate more jobs are available where greater regulations are in place to ensure client safety. A 2011 article published in The New York Times indicated only 35 out of 50 states in America regulate home care practitioners. Here are the top five states offering home care employment:

  1. North Carolina: Located in the Southeast, North Carolina is the 10th-most populated state in America. The BLS states that approximately 17.81 positions were available for every 1,000 job openings during 2010. During that same period, 67,190 individuals worked as home care aides. The state has made it simple to start a home care business, possibly attributed to the large number of employment opportunities. According to the North Carolina Division of Health Service Regulation (NC DHSR), applicants must pass state background checks and successfully complete a DHSR training course for certification.
  2. New York: In 2010, New York had approximately 16.52 home care employment opportunities per every 1,000 jobs. As of November 2011, New York City is still considered one of the best places for senior living. One contributing factor is a state dedication to quality health care. In 2010, New York launched a state home care registry (HCR), giving the public access to home care aide information that includes training, convictions, and investigations. Uniformity in care has increased public confidence, resulting in a greater demand for home care aides.
  3. Minnesota: Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) keeps a close eye on its home care aides, and there are plenty of jobs available. The BLS indicates there were approximately 14.41 spaces available for every 1,000 employment opportunities. Applicants apply for one of four home aide classifications. According to the MDH, applicants applying as individual aides only work with clients residing in buildings deemed as service establishments. MDH guidelines clearly define the limitations of home care aides who are not certified nurses. Strong quality assurance helped increase home care job opportunities.
  4. Ohio: According to information supplied by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), state residents can opt for home care waivers. In addition to making the service more accessible, the program also increased the number of aides required to handle client demand. BLS statistics indicate there were approximately 13.64 job openings for every 1,000 employment opportunities in 2010. Increased demand has not relaxed certification standards. Home care aides must register for one of seven classifications and adhere to strict standards of care.
  5. Rhode Island: Rhode Island has three distinct home care aide classifications. Certified aides offer basic nursing services and assist clients with daily living. Non-certified care prohibits direct contact with clients, but offers companionship and basic housekeeping services. Non-skilled aides cannot provide nursing services, but they assist with hands-on tasks that include dressing and bathing. According to the BLS, there were approximately 12.36 job openings for every 1,000 employment opportunities in 2010.