We surveyed 2,549 home health aides to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical home health aide. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a home health aide?

Low

High

Working as a home health aide typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a home health aide?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a home health aide typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a home health aide?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically difficult to find a job as a home health aide. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for home health aides.

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Do home health aides work full-time or part-time?

52% of home health aides work in full-time roles while 48% work part-time.

Is being a home health aide stressful?

Low

High

Stress is not uncommon amongst home health aides, with daily work sometimes being quite demanding.

Is being organized important as a home health aide?

Low

High

Organization is not considered a particuarly important part of being a home health aide.

How competitive is the workplace for home health aides?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for home health aides.

Does being a home health aide require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for home health aides.

Are home health aides allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Home health aides rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do home health aides have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Home health aides tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a home health aide physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a home health aide requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are home health aides exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a home health aide changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a home health aide require attention to detail?

Low

High

Attention to detail isn't necessarily required to be successful as a home health aide.

Does being a good home health aide require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a home health aide.