HOME CARE AIDES REMAIN NATION’S FASTEST-GROWING WORKFORCE
Home-based workers will grow to be an even larger majority of the direct-care workforce over the next decade, according to the latest occupational projections from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Combined, the BLS’s two categories for home- and community-based workers – home health aides and personal and home care aides – outnumbered nursing aides, orderlies and attendants, the BLS category for direct-care workers in residential settings, for the first time last year. The home-based workers have been widening their lead ever since.
Home health aides are projected to be the fasted-growing job category in the United States between 2006 and 2016, increasing their numbers by 56 percent. Personal and home care aides are expected to be the tenth fastest-growing category, growing by 41 percent.