4 Caring Jobs You Can Start Training for Today
Care jobs are made for those who find joy and satisfaction in serving others. Careers range from food service to healthcare, from childcare to elder care, and from manufacturing to medical sectors.
Care jobs provide opportunities for personal growth as well as care for those in need. Some caring jobs — doctors, nurses, social workers, and more — require extensive education and experience. However, most people involved in caregiving do so as assistants or trainees.
There are caring jobs you can start training for now:
- Childcare — Despite long hours and low wages, childcare can be very rewarding. It’s an opportunity to play and be creative. And, many people find great pleasure and personal satisfaction in caring for children in developmental environments.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts,
Employment of childcare workers is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028.
That’s lower than average job growth, but high growth areas also see an expansion in childcare needs. Moreover, there is a regular turnover among caregivers creating new opportunities. Basic requirements are a high school diploma or equivalent, but additional training will help in work and placement.
- On-call care — Many people need care functions on a regular or semi-regular basis. People can walk dogs, deliver groceries, or clean house. They may need their dog walked or cleaned. Others look for babysitters or caregivers to allow them some respite time while taking care of the elderly.
You can make something dependable from these temp jobs. With a schedule, a little marketing communication, and focused effort, you can present yourself as a “Jack/Jill of all trades” filling your week with varied but active tasks.
- Focused work — Industries of all kinds need workers who care for their work, whether it is shipping/handling, picking/packing, or assembling/checking. They staff restaurants, movie theatres, and healthcare opportunities.
Opportunities are increasing in care jobs for those seeking independence and a chance to serve others. For example, as employers awaken to the benefits of inclusiveness, you can check on the job training for autistic adults who are currently underemployed.
- Eldercare — As the population ages, the need for caregivers increases. They are needed full-time and part-time to work with senior citizens who are ill or incapacitated. Caregivers provide feeding and medications and social interaction for homebound patients, sometimes just long enough to give someone a break.
Monster describes the duties for home health aides: “assist elderly or disabled adults with daily activities at home or in daytime care facilities. Duties may include making beds, doing laundry, preparing meals, as well as advising families, the elderly and disabled on nutrition, cleanliness, and household utilities.” And the positions require only minimal training.
Where can you start?
Many caring jobs offer on-the-job training. They are more than willing to hire applicants willing to work hard and learn. Most require little education beyond a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Employers look for earnestness and goodwill.
Nonetheless, if you find reward in helping others — children, teens, and adults who have been disabled by accident, illness, or age, you would profit from early skills training available in high school, community college, and/or specialized training.
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