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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.

What skills help Caregivers find jobs?

  • Caregiving
  • Senior Care
  • Special Needs
  • Dementia Care
  • Alzheimer's Care
  • Home Care
  • Medication Administration
  • Hoyer Lift
  • Vital Signs Experience
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Catheter Care
  • Time Management

Career progression for Caregiver

Education levels for Caregivers

0%0%1%2%3%94%Middle School EducationDoctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Caregiver job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience22k22k23k24k25kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Caregiver in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Caregivers

  • CNA
  • Caregiver Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • Driver's License
  • CPR Certification
  • Certified Home Health Aide
  • LVN
  • Home Care Aide Certification
  • State Tested Nursing Assistant
  • Nurse Delegation Certification
  • Geriatric Nursing Assistant
  • LPN