Home Care Industry Adds Jobs at Red-Hot Pace

With a surging clientele that will drive demand for home health care services in the coming years, it may not be a surprise that home health care is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. 

When compared to other industries, home health care is the fourth-hottest industry for job growth over the next five years, according to a recent report from CareerBuilder. 

The study, which analyzes industries expected to add jobs at an accelerated pace from 2014 to 2019, is based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm that pulls data from over 90 national and state employment resources. 

With that in mind, the U.S. is projected to create roughly 8 million jobs from 2014 to 2019—a 5% increase, though CareerBuilder notes that a significant number of industries will likely experience a greater percentage gain during this period. 

Home health care services is one such industry. In 2019, the sector is projected to have more than 1.6 million jobs (1,677,455)—a roughly 25% increase when compared to the 1.3 million jobs (1,344,672)  in 2014, according to CareerBuilder data.

The sector was preceded only by Translation and Interpretation Services, which is projected to see 36% job growth by 2019; Specialty Hospitals (29%) and Residential Remodelers (26%).

“Around one third of all U.S. industries are expected to outperform the national average for employment growth over the next five years,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder. “While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience.”

Earlier this year, previous CareerBuilder data found that home health aides are the fastest-growing temporary occupation among those paying a median wage of less than $15 per hour, effectively ranking among the top growing temp jobs in 2015. 

Between 2014 and 2019, the number of temporary home health aides is projected to increase by 15%. The only temp job that was expected to grow faster was computer systems analyst, at 19%.

“The U.S. population is aging and demand for personal care and home health services will increase in line with the demographic shift,” CareerBuilder Senior Career Adviser Ryan Hunt told HHCN. “This is good news for job seekers not just in home health aide roles, but in nursing, therapy, and back-office support occupations as well.”

Written by Jason Oliva