Only those home health aides who work for agencies and companies that receive Medicaid or Medicare reimbursement are required to complete certification by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Agency-employed home health aides are required to complete at least 75 hours of supervised training, observation and documentation of skills, as well as an examination. Aspiring home health aides should contact their states for specific requirements. Home health training courses can be found at local community colleges and universities, and some employers offer on-the-job training.

What are Home Health Aides like?


Based on our pool of users, home health aides tend to be predominately social people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Home Health Aides by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 801 Sokanu users

Are Home Health Aides happy?


Home health aides rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 17th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Home Health Aide Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Home Health Aides

The most common degree held by home health aides is Psychology. 5% of home health aides had a degree in psychology before becoming home health aides. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Liberal Arts graduates are the second most common among home health aides, representing 2% of home health aides in the Sokanu user base, which is 1.1 times the average.

Home Health Aide Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Home Health Aide, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of home health aides % of population Multiple
Psychology 4.8% 6.7% 0.7×
Liberal Arts 2.0% 1.8% 1.1×
Business Management And Administration 1.3% 6.4% 0.2×
English Literature 1.1% 4.8% 0.2×
Criminal Justice 1.1% 1.3% 0.8×
Biology 1.0% 3.5% 0.3×

Home Health Aide Education Levels

63% of home health aides have a high school diploma. 37% of home health aides have an associate's degree.

No education 1%
High school diploma 63%
Associate's degree 37%
Bachelor's degree 0%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

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