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How to become a Caregiver

A caregiver plays a vital role in someone's life, helping them to maintain their independence instead of moving into a care facility or nursing home. Certain skills, such as being compassionate, are vital for being a caretaker. Other skills could include general home maintenance, cooking and cleaning.

While there are no formal education requirements to be a caregiver, you can consider:

  1. Talking with someone currently in the field to gain insight into the role and local requirements
  2. Seeking out basic first aid classes. Some caregivers will be required to know CPR and first aid.
  3. Apply for caregiver jobs. Many caregiver employers train employees after they are hired. You may complete training after gaining employment as a caregiver.
How to become: In Home Caregiver · Direct Support Professional · Personal Care Assistant · Support Worker · Nursing Assistant
These qualifications are required: Driver's License · Home Care Aide Certification · RN License
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What skills help Caregivers find jobs?

  • ADLs
  • Alzheimer's care
  • Assisted living
  • Bilingual
  • CPR
  • Care plans
  • Caregiving
  • Ceridian
  • Childcare
  • Communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer skills
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Career progression for Caregiver

Education levels for Caregivers

Based on the requirements of Caregiver job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.
required level of educationpercent of job openings
High school diploma or GED76.6%
Associate's degree11.5%
Bachelor's degree9.7%
Master's degree1.5%
Middle school education0.6%
Doctoral degree0.2%
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Expected salary by experience

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Caregiver in the United States within the last three years.
Years of experienceAnnual salary in USD
0 - 4$21,500
4 - 8$22,700
8 - 12$23,500
12 - 16$24,200
16 - 20$24,300
20 - 24$24,500
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Common qualifications for Caregivers

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First Aid Certification

American Academy of CPR And First Aid, Inc.
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Explore other and more common qualifications
  • CNA
  • RN License
  • Driver's License
  • Nurse Delegation Certification
  • LPN
  • Certified Home Health Aide
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Common questions about career advices for a Caregiver

How can I find help for my family member in our home?

You can post a job online or work with a staffing agency or government agency to find a home health aide or caregiver.

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How to become a certified caregiver?

Those aspiring to become certified caregivers will need to enroll in a caregiver training program recognized by the state's department of health. This training includes housekeeping, home safety, personal hygiene and medical care. Caregivers will need to take an examination after the completion of the training and pass in order to become certified.

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Do caregivers need a license?

Generally, a non-medical caregiver does not require a license, whereas a medical caregiver requires a license. However, it may vary from state to state.

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How can caregivers improve their skills?

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How do I become an independent caregiver?

What should a caregiver not do?

Do you have to be a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in order to become a caregiver?

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