Home Health Aide at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2013
  • 2023

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Best States for Home Health Aide

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
New York 123,260 $21,250 $10
Ohio 71,430 $20,800 $10
Minnesota 33,790 $23,220 $11

Becoming a Home Health Aide

While there are no formal education requirements for home health aides, some states require certification from a community college, vocational school, or health care agency. Employers of home health aide workers often provide on-the-job training or a formal certification program. Most home health aide workers hold at least a high school diploma.

To work in a certified home health or hospice facility, home health aides must successfully complete a formal training program and a standardized competency exam. Since these facilities receive government funding, home health aides must also comply with certain regulations. Some classes in a typical home health aide training or certification program may include:

  • Maintaining a Clean Home Environment
  • Principles of Infection Control
  • Nutrition
  • Pain & Medication

Outside of certified health or hospice facilities, employers may favor job candidates who are certified. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) offers certification to home health aides. Additional home health aide training and certification can lead to career opportunities and advancement.