What is the job outlook for personal support workers?


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Employment of home health aides is estimated to rise by 48 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities for health care social workers are projected to increase by 27 percent and by 19 percent for registered nurses in the same period. Salaries for personal support workers vary by experience, education and field.

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Personal support workers are in demand largely because more families need people to help with disabled relatives and the elderly. Education for personal support workers takes about a year, plus additional time spent receiving on-the-job training before becoming eligible for employment. Personal requirements for the job include patience and desire to work with others.

Personal support workers in residential facilities typically earn the most while those working in home health care services earn the least. However, salaries can vary because employers may give raises for a job well done or with experience while some employers also give end-of-year bonuses. This field of employment does not typically pay travel time or benefits.

Personal support workers are employed in different fields including in private residences, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and adult day care centers. Alternate job titles include certified nursing assistant, personal care attendant and home health care aide. Duties vary depending on the title and facility and may include dispersion of medication, personal hygiene assistance, general housekeeping and bedside care.

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