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Senior Care Career Opportunities: Job Titles to Search For


Whether you are experienced in senior care and searching for your next move or are just starting out toward your senior living employment hopes, you need to know where to look for senior care career opportunities available near you. As with most inquiries in today’s age of technology, the answer often lies in a good internet search. However, you don’t want to be inundated with search results that do not speak to your goals or experience. We’ve put together what you need to know about searching for — and then finding — your next senior living job.

Where to Start Your Search

Knowing where to begin is the first step toward a successful offer. Before you fire up your internet browser, start your search by paying attention to the communities in your neighborhood. Chances are high that you already drive past senior living communities and organizations as you run to the grocery store, the bank, or your favorite restaurant. Pay attention to your commute and mentally take note of the senior care organizations near you. Then, when you are ready, you can visit those communities online to see if there are any positions available.

When you are ready to extend your search, turn to the web. Sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor are excellent starting points, as are hyperlocal sites that serve your desired neighborhood or area. If you are looking to find a job in a state or area you are unfamiliar with, you can also search for that place’s website. Most list senior living organizations as a resource for online searchers.

What to Search For

Now that you know where to search, you have to know what to search for. Each senior living community is unique in its culture and often in its terminology for roles within its company. For example, a caregiver may also be called a Care Manager or Resident Assistant, while caregivers with special certifications will be called CNAs. It’s frustrating when you are seeking a role, but aren’t sure what it is called.

As soon as you know what type of role you are seeking, you can dive into more pointed search inquiries using these titles:

Direct Care Roles:

  • Caregiver
  • Resident Assistant
  • Care Manager
  • CNA, CMA
  • Floor Nurse
  • Charge Nurse
  • Wound Nurse
  • RN, LPN

Dining Roles:

  • Chef
  • Dining Aide
  • Dining Assistant
  • Dining Room Manager
  • Server
  • Prep Cook

Enrichment Roles:

  • Social Worker
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Recreation Assistant
  • Life Enrichment Manager
  • Life Enrichment Coordinator
  • Engagement Director
  • Hospitality Director
  • Activity Director
  • Activity Assistant

Management Roles:

  • Executive Director
  • Administrator
  • Director of Nursing (DON)
  • Memory Care Manager
  • Director of Sales
  • Regional Director

Support Roles:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Transportation Driver
  • Housekeeper
  • Maintenance Technician

Although this list is certainly not comprehensive, it is a good start for understanding which roles share similar titles.

If you aren’t sure what type of role you would like, don’t worry. You can read up on specific roles online, and call potential employers to learn more about the qualifications or expectations for the titles you find during your online search.

Start or Continue Your Career with The Arbor Company

If you are ready to advance or start your career in senior living, The Arbor Company offers team members more than just competitive wages and benefits. Our corporate culture is rooted in encouragement and inspiration, serving our team members just as much as we serve our residents. It takes a team of people who come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to give each of our communities the ability to serve our residents well.

Join our Talent Network today to discover a senior living employment experience you will love for years to come.