Sharing the word about the critical need for senior care workers

Healthcare worker wearing a face mask and gloves working with a patient in a home

Minnesota’s senior care providers are in critical need of workers to help care for some of our state’s most vulnerable residents during the current COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, a recent survey of long-term care providers in the state found 10,000 vacancies for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and unlicensed caregivers.

If you are looking for work now, consider a career in senior care. You can find out more about senior care positions in demand now on CareerForce’s Jobs in Demand page – where CNAs are currently the number one posted job by Minnesota employers. When you are there, check out wage information, educational requirements and a short video about CNAs and other in-demand positions.

People looking for rewarding and essential work now and interested in making a real difference in the lives of others are also encouraged to learn more about senior care career opportunities available now at Visitors to the site will find out about promising career path opportunities available immediately with training for many entry-level positions provided by employers, no previous senior care experience necessary.  

Shawn Herhusky, CareerForce Workforce Strategy Consultant for Northeast Minnesota, and Carson Gorecki, DEED’s Labor Market Analyst for Northeast Minnesota, visited virtually with students in Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s Gerontology program Tuesday night. This program, which is one of the few Gerontology programs in the area, draws students from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Herhusky and Gorecki covered a variety of topics, including the aging workforce in Northeast Minnesota, the aging population in Northeast Minnesota, how valuable the healthcare industry is in the area and nontraditional career pathways to positions in health care, including long-term care.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that over the coming decade, an aging workforce will not only influence labor force participation but also the growth of industries and occupations. In fact, BLS predicts that six out of ten new jobs will be related to health care in the coming decade.

If you’d like to find out more about health care – and especially senior care – career opportunities in Minnesota and how you can prepare for them, contact staff at a CareerForce location near you.