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34 Associates's Degrees Annually
#168 in Popularity (Associate's)
$29,580 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Aide Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many health aide graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 947
Undergraduate Certificate 55
Associate’s Degree 34

What Health Aide Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, health aide majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Health Aide Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Skills for Health Aide Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to health aide:

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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Health Aide Majors

A major in health aide will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Health Aide Major?

People with a health aide degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Nursing Assistants 11.5% $28,540
Psychiatric Aides 5.6% $29,180

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Health Aide?

34 Associate's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
3% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 82% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of health aide majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Health Aide Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 33
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

How Much Do Health Aide Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $29,580 to $31,090 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to health aide. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with health aide may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to health aide have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.7%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 61.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 13.5%
Some College Courses 12.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 2.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.2%
Master’s Degree 1.0%

Online Health Aide Programs

In 2018-2019, 33 schools offered a health aide program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 27 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 11 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 3 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 27 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Health Aide Worth It?

The median salary for a health aide grad is $29,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to health aide.

Major Number of Grads
Home Health Aide/Home Attendant 1,237
Medication Aide 675
Rehabilitation Aide 163
Other Health Aides/Attendants/Orderlies 140

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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