Fastest-Growing Job in U.S. Pays Very Poorly

by Nate Wooley | March 11, 2013 11:49 am

home health Fastest Growing Job in U.S. Pays Very Poorly[1]The fastest-growing job in the U.S. is also one of the poorest-paying.

Demand for home health care aides — who cook, clean and care for the sick and disabled — is expected to grow at an explosive rate of 70% between 2010 and 2020, reports CNNMoney[2].

However, the growth isn’t showing in the pay. The average pay for a worker in the field is $9.70 per hour, which comes to $20,176 per year for a 40-hour full time worker. Even so, many workers in the field are only part-time and make less — and receive no benefits from their employers.

There are more than 2 million workers — mostly women and minorities — in the position across the country currently. According to the Department of Labor, about 40% of those workers are also on some form of public assistance.

Ai-jen Poo, the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliances, told CNNMoney, “What you have is a situation here where the people that we count on to care for our families cannot take care of their own, and that’s got to change.”

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/home-health.jpg
  2. reports CNNMoney: http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/11/news/economy/fastest-growing-job/
  3. CDC Warns ‘Nightmare Bacteria’ is Spreading in U.S.: http://investorplace.com/2013/03/cdc-warns-nightmare-bacteria-is-spreading-in-u-s/
  4. Urine Tests: There’s an App for That: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/urine-tests-theres-an-app-for-that/
  5. Study: This Diet Can Lower Heart Attack Risk: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/study-this-diet-can-lower-heart-attack-risk/

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