The home care and home health sectors are poised for growth in the years ahead, and not just because an aging population is increasingly looking to age in place at home, Home Health Care News reports.
New research shows the sectors rank among the fastest-growing occupations and also top the list of occupations expected to generate the most new jobs.
Personal care aides (PCAs), specifically, are projected to register the largest numeric growth across the entire economy, creating roughly 580,800 new jobs between 2012 and 2022, according to analysis by the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI).
Home health aides come in at No. 4 on PHI’s list of top ten occupations expected to create the most jobs — following registered nurses at No. 2 and retail salespersons at No. 3.
Additionally, PCAs and home health aides rank at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, on the list of occupations expecting the overall growth in the country. Both will increase by 49%, not far behind No. 1-ranked industrial-organizational psychologists, the top occupation which stands to grow 53% by 2022.