Home Health Aide Among Most Family-Friendly Jobs

Technology and sales companies may be doing the best job of offering workers family-friendly jobs and greater flexibility, but the home health industry isn’t too far behind, at least for home health aides.

Indeed, one the most widely used job sites in the world, recently analyzed hundreds of millions of its job postings in search of opportunities that highlighted family-friendly or flexible work benefits. While sales, finance and tech-driven jobs checked in toward the very top of Indeed’s review, postings for home health aides also scored high marks.

That’s good news for home health providers, as job flexibility is often linked to employee retention, though not as strongly as wages.

Overall, home health aides ranked No. 14 in Indeed’s family-friendly jobs analysis.

To categorize jobs as family-friendly or flexible, job positing descriptions had to include certain key terms, such as “work-life-balance,” “flexible working hours” or “working remotely.” Other terms included “flexible work schedule,” “telecommute,” “family leave” and many more. To be considered, jobs had to have a minimum of 10,000 postings.

Slightly more than 5% of job postings for home health aides included one or more of those terms, according to Indeed.

About one in 30 job listings on Indeed contained language touting flexible or family-friendly policies.

In general, home health providers with lower turnover rates tend to value caregivers more, past research has shown. That means giving employees time off when needed, along with demonstrating clear levels of commitment and respect.

Here are Indeed’s top-10 most family-friendly or flexible jobs:

— (No. 1) Sales managers

— (No. 2) Sales engineers

— (No. 3) Team assemblers

— (No. 4) Computer support specialists

— (No. 5) Sales representatives, services, all other

— (No. 6) Merchandise displayers and window trimmers

— (No. 7) Computer software engineers, applications

— (No. 8) Insurance sales agents

— (No. 9) Personal financial advisors

— (No. 10) Network and computer systems administration

Outside of the top-10, other high-ranking professions included lawyers, accountants and chemical engineers.

In addition to being ranked as a family-friendly job, the home health aide profession has also been ranked as one of the toughest jobs to fill in 2018, according to CareerCast. Nationally, home health aides were ranked as the fourth toughest position to fill in 2018, while personal care aides checked in at No. 8.

Over the next eight years, the number of working home health aides is forecasted to grow by about 47%, predominately driven by increased demand for their services by an aging U.S. population.

Indeed has more than 200 million unique visitors every month. More than nine jobs are added to Indeed’s platform every second globally.

Written by Robert Holly

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When Robert's not covering the latest in home health care news, you can likely find him rooting for the White Sox or roaming his neighborhood streets playing Pokemon Go. Before joining HHCN, Robert covered everything from big agribusiness to the hottest tech startups. 

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