The fastest-growing jobs in America pay about $22,000 a year

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:36:01 AM. The largest two categories of America's fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country's lowest wages and weakest benefits. Over the next 10 years, analysts expect to see 1.2 million more jobs for home health aides and personal care aides, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
The largest two categories of America's fastest-growing jobs offer some of the country's lowest wages and weakest benefits. Over the next 10 years, analysts expect to see 1.2 million more jobs for home health aides and personal care aides, according to a from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those are more positions than the projected job creation in the eight other most rapidly growing fields combined. By 2026, the home health aide industry will add 425,600 positions, an increase of 46.7%, the government estimates show. The occupation's median annual wage today is $22,600. The ranks of personal care aides, who handle mostly domestic tasks, meanwhile, are expected to grow by 754,000 jobs, or 37.6%. These aides typically make about $21,000 a year. Solar-cell installer and wind-turbine technician jobs, which come with larger paychecks, are projected to grow by 105% and 96% respectively, but the tiny fields will add just 17,400 new positions in the next decade, researchers predict. Roughly nine in 10 caretaker positions are held by women. Nearly half identify as black or Latino. Workers in these roles share one central mission: They care for people who struggle to care for themselves. But many of these workers live in poverty, and most have little or no paid time off. "They're typically the breadwinners in low-income households," said Ariane Hegewisch, a labor economist at the Institute for Women's Policy Research who co-wrote published last year about low-wage jobs filled by...Read more
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