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Working As A Health Care Specialist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Care Specialist Do

Home health aides help people with disabilities, chronic illness, or cognitive impairment with activities of daily living. They often help older adults who need assistance. In some states, home health aides may be able to give a client medication or check the client’s vital signs under the direction of a nurse or other healthcare practitioner.

Duties

Home health aides typically do the following:

  • Assist clients in their daily personal tasks, such as bathing or dressing
  • Provide basic health-related services according to a client’s needs, such as checking vital signs or administering prescribed medication at scheduled times
  • Do light housekeeping, such as laundry, washing dishes, and vacuuming in a client’s home
  • Help to organize a client’s schedule and plan appointments
  • Arrange transportation to doctors’ offices or for other kinds of outings
  • Shop for groceries and prepare meals to meet a client’s dietary specifications
  • Help to keep clients engaged in their social networks and communities

Home health aides, unlike personal care aides, typically work for certified home health or hospice agencies that receive government funding and therefore must comply with regulations. They work under the direct supervision of medical professionals, usually nurses. These aides keep records of services performed and of clients’ conditions and progress. They report changes in clients’ conditions to supervisors or case managers. Home health aides also work with therapists and other medical staff.

Depending on their clients’ needs, home health aides may provide some basic health-related services, such as checking a client’s pulse, temperature, and respiration rate. They may also help with simple prescribed exercises and or with giving medications. Occasionally, they change bandages or dressings, give massages, care for skin, or help with braces and artificial limbs. With special training, experienced home health aides also may help with medical equipment such as ventilators, which help clients breathe.

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How To Become A Health Care Specialist

There is no formal education requirement for home health aides, but most aides have at least a high school diploma. Home health aides who work for certified home health or hospice agencies must complete formal training and pass a standardized test.

Education

Although a high school diploma or equivalent is not generally required, most home health aides have one before entering the occupation. Some formal education programs may be available from community colleges or vocational schools.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Home health aides who work for agencies that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid must get a minimum level of training and pass a competency evaluation to be certified. Training typically includes learning about personal hygiene, reading and recording vital signs, infection control, and basic nutrition. Aides may take a competency exam to become certified without taking any training.

Additional requirements for certification vary by state. In some states, the only requirement for employment is on-the-job training, which employers generally provide. Other states require formal training, which is available from community colleges, vocational schools, elder care programs, and home healthcare agencies. In addition, states may conduct background checks on prospective aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

In addition, many home health aides may be required to obtain CPR certification.

Training

Home health aides may be trained in housekeeping tasks, such as cooking for clients who have special dietary needs. Aides learn basic safety techniques, including how to respond in an emergency. Specific training may be needed for certification if state certification is required.

In addition, clients have their own preferences, and aides may need time to become comfortable working with them.

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Home health aides must adhere to specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. Aides must carefully follow instructions from healthcare professionals, such as how to care for a client’s wound or how to identify changes in a client’s condition.

Integrity. Home health aides should make clients feel comfortable when they tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, home health aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Home health aides must work closely with their clients. Sometimes, clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Home health aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They might need to lift or turn clients.

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Health Care Specialist Career Paths

Health Care Specialist
Medical Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Technician Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Technician Team Leader
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Lead Teacher Director
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Officer Operations Officer
Chief Of Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Therapist Physician Assistant Medical Officer
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Therapist Therapist Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Administrator Business Office Manager
Business Office Director
8 Yearsyrs
Respiratory Therapist Clinician House Manager
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Adjunct Professor Psychotherapist
Health Unit Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$99,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Dental Care Alliance
Highest Paying City
Fremont, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Health Care Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health Care Specialist in the United States is $51,459 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $99,000.

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Top Skills for A Health Care Specialist

  1. Patient Care
  2. Emergency Care
  3. Military Health Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Constructed a medical facility providing patient care, ensuring field sanitation, and medical preparedness.
  • Established priorities for medical emergency care, stabilized patients and accompanied them to medical facilities.
  • Document patient medical information in Military health care database.
  • Administered emergency and routine medical treatment to casualties, including minor surgery and IV fluid administration.
  • Administered computer operations such as medical record processing and updating/maintenance of medical records on several computer platforms.

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Top 10 Best States for Health Care Specialists

  1. Alaska
  2. Hawaii
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Oregon
  5. Nevada
  6. California
  7. Washington
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Arizona
  10. New York
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Health Care Specialist Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 5,487 Health Care Specialist resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Health Care Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

44.7%

Male

43.7%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9%

French

4.9%

Mandarin

3.7%

Russian

3.1%

Chinese

3.1%

German

2.5%

Hmong

1.9%

Hausa

1.9%

Hindi

1.2%

Nepali

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Portuguese

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Somali

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Ukrainian

0.6%

Aramaic

0.6%
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Health Care Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.3%

Kaplan University

18.1%

Central Texas College

6.0%

University of Maryland - University College

5.2%

Pikes Peak Community College

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

Liberty University

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Ohio State University

3.4%

The Academy

3.2%

US Army Medical Department Center and School

3.2%

American University

3.0%

Capella University

3.0%

New Mexico State University

2.6%

South Georgia Technical College

2.6%

Strayer University

2.4%

Arizona State University

2.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.4%

Pennsylvania State University

2.4%
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Majors

Nursing

17.8%

Business

15.1%

Health Care Administration

9.3%

Medical Technician

6.8%

Psychology

6.4%

General Studies

5.1%

Health Sciences And Services

5.0%

Criminal Justice

5.0%

Biology

4.9%

Medical Assisting Services

4.7%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Accounting

2.3%

Management

2.3%

Kinesiology

2.1%

Education

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Medicine

1.8%

Computer Information Systems

1.8%

Public Health

1.7%

Social Work

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

32.6%

Other

27.9%

Associate

18.6%

Masters

10.9%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

2.4%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.8%
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