Home Health Tops Ranks Among Hottest Healthcare Jobs

Home health care is among the fastest-growing jobs in the healthcare sector since 2012, according to new data research from CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). 

No segment of the economy has withstood downturns and uncertainty better than home health care providers, general medical and surgical hospitals or offices of physicians, according to the research.

Since 2012, each of these sectors have added at least 45,000 jobs nationwide, with services related mostly to bedside or home care showing the most growth.

In the past year, there have been 49,530 new jobs for home health aides, while registered nurses added 50,798 jobs and nursing assistants and medical assistants combined for a total of 24,372. 

Among the fastest-growing metros for healthcare jobs, Richmond, Virginia ranked in at number one. The city saw a 5.6% increase since 2012 with the addition of 4,585 jobs—a growth attributed mainly to increases in general medical and surgical hospitals, as well as home health care services. 

Houston, Texas followed up at the number two ranking, as its 5.2% increase since 2012 saw the addition of 16,079 jobs due to massive growth in home health care services. 

Boise City-Nampa, Idaho; Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan; and Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada also rounded out the top-five states, posting healthcare job growth of 4.7%, 4.4% and 4.6%, respectively.

The EMSI data is collected from more than 90 federal and state sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau and other state labor departments. 

Written by Jason Oliva