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Working as an Elder

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an elder. For example, did you know that they make an average of $14.39 an hour? That's $29,926 a year!

What Does an Elder Do

There are certain skills that many elders have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed interpersonal skills, physical stamina and detail oriented.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an elder, we found that a lot of resumes listed 16.5% of elders included personal care, while 14.7% of resumes included health care, and 10.6% of resumes included vital signs. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the elder job title. But what industry to start with? Most elders actually find jobs in the health care and non profits industries.

How To Become an Elder

If you're interested in becoming an elder, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 34.7% of elders have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 16.3% of elders have master's degrees. Even though most elders have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an elder. When we researched the most common majors for an elder, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on elder resumes include high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an elder. In fact, many elder jobs require experience in a role such as cashier. Meanwhile, many elders also have previous career experience in roles such as administrative assistant or sales associate.

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Average Salary$29,926

Elder Jobs

Elder Career Paths

Top Careers Before Elder

Cashier
11.8%

Top Careers After Elder

Cashier
10.2%

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Average Salary for an Elder

Elders in America make an average salary of $29,926 per year or $14 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $44,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $20,000 per year.
Average Salary
$29,926

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Elder
Elder
Always Here Home Care, Inc.
Always Here Home Care, Inc.
10/22/2019
10/22/2019
$52,00010/22/2019
$52,000
Elder
Elder
Always Here Home Care, Inc.
Always Here Home Care, Inc.
09/25/2019
09/25/2019
$52,00009/25/2019
$52,000

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Elder Demographics

Gender

female

63.7%

male

31.5%

unknown

4.8%

Ethnicity

White

73.2%

Black or African American

10.1%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.3%

French

17.4%

Portuguese

6.5%
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Elder Education

Majors

Nursing
11.5%

Degrees

Bachelors

34.7%

Masters

16.3%

High School Diploma

16.3%

Top Colleges for Elders

1. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

Tuition and fees
$51,306
Enrollment
6,975

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Tuition and fees
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Tuition and fees
$55,464
Enrollment
9,639

4. Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

Tuition and fees
$38,178
Enrollment
6,008

5. Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, TN

Tuition and fees
$25,598
Enrollment
2,189

6. Duke University

Durham, NC

Tuition and fees
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

7. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Tuition and fees
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Tuition and fees
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA

Tuition and fees
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Yale University

New Haven, CT

Tuition and fees
$53,430
Enrollment
5,963
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Entry Level Jobs For Becoming An Elder

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Top Skills For an Elder

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 16.5% of elders listed personal care on their resume, but soft skills such as interpersonal skills and physical stamina are important as well.

  • Personal Care, 16.5%
  • Health Care, 14.7%
  • Vital Signs, 10.6%
  • Blood Pressure, 10.2%
  • Nutritious Meals, 8.8%
  • Other Skills, 39.2%
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Top Elder Employers

1. Hyde Park Schools
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$37,817
Elders Hired: 
1+
2. Northrop Grumman
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$77,082
Elders Hired: 
1+
3. Tank
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$29,772
Elders Hired: 
1+
4. United Church Homes
3.5
Avg. Salary: 
$40,161
Elders Hired: 
1+
5. Grace Baptist Academy
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$40,097
Elders Hired: 
1+
6. Serta Simmons Bedding
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$44,359
Elders Hired: 
1+

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