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Assisted Living Job Titles

By Jeff AndersonJuly 30, 2013
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The long term care industry one of the largest growing employment fields in the United States. This is by in large due to our rapidly aging population. The Administration on Aging predict that by 2030, one in five Americans will be over age 65. The sheer number of seniors who will require services in the future mean careers in the senior living industry will be plentiful.

Here are a list of some of the main jobs at assisted living communities. Note that some communities may have different names for these positions.

  • Executive Director: Runs the community and is the most senior staff member

  • Caregivers: Provide hands on care such as assistance with activities of daily living
  • Medical Director: A doctor or nurse who oversees all medical aspects of the community and care plans for the residents
  • Nurse: Some assisted living communities have nurses on staff at all times, while other only have nurses on staff part time
  • Medical Technicians: Staff members who can dispense medicines but do not have the qualifications of a nurse
  • Marketing director: Helps spread the word about the community and finds new residents
  • Activity directors: Plans activities and events at the community
  • Therapists (i.e. physical, occupational, speech): Certified professionals who work with residents to improve their level of functioning
  • Head chef & cooks: Responsible for planning and preparing meals for all residents
  • Wait staff: Serve residents food at mealtimes
  • Driver: Drives residents to scheduled appointments, or drives a community bus or van to events
  • Technology/computer expert: Maintain computers and other digital technologies
  • Facilities director: Responsible for maintaining the building and assuring safety standards are met
  • Groundskeeper: Manages and oversees landscaping of the community

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