Whether celebrating a resident’s 100th birthday or just making rounds through the nursing home, Sue Christian loves her job. “When a resident smiles and says, ‘Oh, you’re here, I’m glad to see you!’ it’s a great feeling,” says Christian, who cares for older adults and other residents of a nursing home in Columbiana, Ohio. “I like to know that I’ve made a difference.”
Christian is a licensed practical nurse who focuses on caring for older people. The need for workers like her is growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people ages 65 and older is expected to increase from 40 million to 72 million between 2010 and 2030. And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that this increasing population will result in job growth for a variety of occupations related to caring for older people—such as those in nursing homes.
This article describes some of the career opportunities in nursing homes, highlighting nursing occupations. A final section provides sources for more information. (Additional types of facilities that provide long-term care to older and other residents are described in the box on page 32.)
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