Workers in Fastest-Growing Jobs Have Trouble Getting By

Personal care, home health industries expected to add 1.2M jobs by 2026, but pay is low
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2017 10:52 AM CST
US' Fastest-Growing Jobs Among Worst Paid
A personal care worker assists a woman at her home in Madison, Wis.   (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Those hoping to repair bicycles or fight forest fires will have good luck finding work over the next decade, but home health and personal care aides will fare even better, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of America's fastest-growing jobs. The US is expecting 0.7% job growth annually. But thanks to an aging population, the personal care industry is expected to add 754,000 jobs for 37.4% growth by 2026, while the home health industry is expected to add 425,600 new jobs for 46.7% growth. Together, that's more jobs than projected across the eight other fastest-growing fields combined, notes the Washington Post. The problem: They're among the lowest-paying jobs in the country, per 24/7 Wall St. Personal care aides make about $21,900 annually; home health aides pull in $22,600.

Some 90% of these positions are held by women, many of whom live in poverty, per the Post. "What they earn makes it hard for them to pay the rent, or get an education to move into better-paying jobs," says a labor economist. She suggests the government should supplement aides' wages, as they can help the health care system save money by keeping people out of nursing homes. Worried about artificial intelligence taking over your job? Here's some good news: In a Deloitte survey of 250 US executives who are early adopters of artificial intelligence, 69% said they expected minimal or no job loss in the next three years, while 29% said they expected job growth, per ZDNet. Forbes spotlights four jobs that might be obsolete in 10 years. (More jobs stories.)

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