Not every nurse or healthcare professional works in a hospital. They don’t all work in outpatient clinics, specialty facilities, doctors’ offices, or rehabilitation centers, either. The truth is that a rapidly growing segment of the healthcare job market is the home healthcare market – healthcare providers coming directly to patients’ homes and administering care there. And since the COVID-19 pandemic, home healthcare has only become more commonplace.
Let’s take a look at the current trends in the home healthcare space.
The job outlook is strong.
The data doesn’t lie: The home healthcare job market is a very strong one. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of home health professionals and personal care aides is projected to grow 33% between 2020 and 2030, with nearly 600,000 job openings projected each year, on average, over that 10-year span. This incredible growth projection is much faster than the average for all occupations. It’s safe to say that the home healthcare field is a growing one with a very strong job outlook.
More Baby Boomers need care.
There are nearly 60 million seniors in the United States. More and more Baby Boomers are approaching retirement age – not only does that leave a gap in the healthcare job market, it means more older people are needing healthcare as time goes on. And today’s senior citizens are generally more stressed than those from decades past, and they tend to have poorer insurance coverage. All of this means that more older people need care, and more of them are going to want it in the comfort of their own homes.
Home healthcare technology is growing.
Chronic healthcare conditions are growing in frequency. This has led to the fast adoption of many household medical devices – mobility assisting devices, diagnostic tools, etc. – many of which need professionals to operate or maintain. The growth of technology and devices designed specifically for home healthcare is a sure indicator that this field is growing. And the COVID-19 pandemic only cemented that fact, as fewer people than ever wish to spend time in hospitals and other healthcare facilities if they don’t have to.
Ready To Find Your Next Home Healthcare Job?
Anodyne can help. For more than 45 years, we’ve been matching talented healthcare professionals with the patients who need their care the most. If you’re looking to break into the home healthcare market or you’re ready to find your next great opportunity as a home healthcare provider, get in touch.