Career Paths

The long term services and supports continuum provides a surprising variety of career opportunities for job seekers from every education and experience level, as well as, interests and skills. Building a career in long term services and supports means you'll have the satisfaction of knowing your work matters. Every day, you will be able to see how your efforts directly help the people you serve.

What types of jobs will you find?
While providing healthcare is a big part of long term services and supports, our jobs are not limited to meeting medical needs. We also offer careers in the fields of business, hospitality, food service, facility operations, and hospitality and health services.

Here are examples of departments and job titles and position descriptions found within the departments. You can also learn more by watching the video, Start Your Career in Healthcare Today.

Health services
Health Care Assistant
Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Certified medical assistant (CMA)
Certified rehabilitation assistant
Rehab/Restorative aide
Universal care provider
Home health aide

Nursing
Nurse leader or Director of Nursing (RN)
Case manager (RN)
Charge nurse (RN or LPN)
MDS coordinator
Home health or Private duty nurse

Business operations
Nursing home administrator
Assisted living director
Home health administrator
Business office manager
Accounting
Receptionist
Human resources
Information technology
Marketing and sales
Social services

Facility operations
Environmental manager
Building and grounds maintenance

Hospitality services
Homemaker/Companion
Housekeeping
Laundry aide
Transportation coordinator

Food services
Dietary manager
Chef/Cook
Dietary aide

Life enrichment services
Activity director
Activity aide


See our Position Descriptions for a short summary on each of these long term services and supports jobs.

You can learn more about the specific jobs available at your local nursing and rehab facility, assisted living program, residential care facility or home health agency providers by visiting their website or stopping in to inquire. To find provider employers near you, use the IHCA Provider Finder.
 

Grow in your career while serving others
Careers in long term services and supports offer opportunities to find and build new areas of expertise that best fit your strengths, knowledge and interests. There is always something new to learn and an opportunity to use what you’ve learned. For examples, starting at an entry level job is just the first step in learning and growing in the position. From there you’ll find opportunities for advancement and growth by proving yourself and seeking out opportunities to learn more through additional continuing education or advanced education.

And another plus…many organizations – including the Iowa Health Care Association Foundation – offer scholarships for employees of member facilities taking college classes to advance their career in long term services and supports.


Treating others with respect and dignity
is at the core of every LTSS job.

In LTSS, you work as part of a team where everyone is focused on providing quality care and services for the people we serve, as well as, their families. We are here to see that every person receives the individual care and attention to ensure they can achieve their highest quality of life.

Quality is the driving motivation behind everything we do. If you want to excel at what you do and are willing to give your best efforts to doing, then consider building a career in long term services and supports.