While some occupations are on a downward swing, home health aide and personal care aide opportunities are growing faster than ever. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, personal care aides are expected to grow 70 percent and home health aides are expected to grow 69 percent.
Home Health Care on the Rise:
The United States’ Census reported that there were 41.4 million people over the age of 65 in July, 2011. In 2060, the Census projects there will be 92 million people 65 or older in the United States and in 2056 the number of senior citizens will outnumber the under 18 population in the country. Because the number of senior citizens is growing at an extremely rapid pace, and because of the overall independence of the baby boomer generation, home health aides are in great need. The high cost and stigma associated with nursing home and assisted living facilities make living at home through the elder years very appealing.
In 2010 there were 1,878,700 home health aides and personal care aides in the United States and in 2020 jobs in this field are expected to grow to 3,191,900. Some states require a CNA certificate for home health aide jobs but many personal care aides only have a high school diploma. People with a passion for the elderly and necessary caregiving skills should have plenty of employment opportunities in the near future.