Home Health Aides to Add 50% More Jobs By 2022

The number of home health care jobs in the U.S. is expected to spike in the coming decade, as one of the 30 occupations that are expected to account for almost half of all new jobs created. 

Of those occupations, five are in health care, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those five occupations combined are projected to amount to about 1.6 million more jobs by they year 2022. 

What does it mean for home health care and personal care aides? Personal care aides are expected to grow by the largest measure, with an anticipated 49% increase in employment, or an additional 580,000 jobs. 

Home health aides are anticipated to be the fourth-fastest growing occupation among all U.S. jobs, with an expected 49% increase or 424,200 new jobs by 2022. 

Among other fast-growing occupations, BLS found registered nurses, retail salespersons, and combined food preparation and serving to complete the top five growth areas. 

“Of the 30 occupations projected to experience the largest employment increases, 5 are in healthcare,” BLS writes in its report. “Combined, these 5 occupations are projected to add 1.6 million jobs over the 2012–2022 decade.”

Written by Elizabeth Ecker