Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 31-1011 Home Health Aides
Provide routine, personal healthcare, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, to elderly, convalescent, or disabled persons in the home of patients or in a residential care facility.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager. Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming. Bathe patients. Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care. Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert. Plan, purchase, prepare, or serve meals to patients or other family members, according to prescribed diets. Check patients' pulse, temperature, and respiration. Provide patients and families with emotional support and instruction in areas such as caring for infants, preparing healthy meals, living independently, or adapting to disability or illness. Perform a variety of duties as requested by client, such as obtaining household supplies or running errands. Direct patients in simple prescribed exercises or in the use of braces or artificial limbs. Massage patients or apply preparations or treatments, such as liniment, alcohol rubs, or heat-lamp stimulation.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Excellent
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.68   Entry $18,064.00
Mean $10.33   Mean $21,484.00
Experience $11.15 Experience $23,194.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
Related Occupations: Postsecondary Institutions With Programs:
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
Dental Assistants
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant
Funeral Attendants
Library Assistants, Clerical
Occupational Therapy Aides
Personal Care Aides
Pharmacy Technicians
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants
No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
31-1011.00 Home Health Aides