Occupational Projections for Direct-Care Workers 2010–2020

Source: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), Fact Sheet, February 2013

In this fact sheet, PHI summarizes the latest national occupational projections (2010–2020) relating to the direct-care workforce released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor. Our analysis indicates that demand for direct-care workers (including nursing aides, home health aides, and personal care aides) over the next decade, particularly in home and community-based settings, will continue to outpace supply dramatically—unless policymakers and employers work together to make these jobs competitively attractive compared to other occupations.

The latest 2010 employment estimate for the direct-care workforce surpasses 3.3 million and projected demand calls for an additional 1.6 million new positions by 2020.