Workforce Facts

Employment for direct-care workers is projected to expand by 23% in this decade, resulting in approximately 27,000 new positions, while the growth for all jobs is projected to increase by only 9%.

Home health aides and personal and home care aides are the second and fourth fastest growing occupations in Illinois.

Growth in Direct‐Care Worker Jobs in Illinois, 2010‐2020
  2010 estimated employment2020 projected employmentNumeric changePercent change
Home Health Aides 34,616 49,037 14,421 41.7%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Assistants 60,324 64,962 4,638 7.7%
Personal & Home Care Aides 25,356 33,707 8,351 32.9%
All Direct‐Care Workers 120,296 147,706 27,410 22.8%
All IL Jobs 5,992,362 6,509,464 517,102 8.6%
Top Four Fastest-Growing Occupations in IL, 2010‐2020 (adding at least 100 annual openings due to growth)
  2010 estimated employment2020 projected employmentNumeric changePercent change
Biomedical Engineers 706 1.064 358 50.7%
Home Health Aides 34,616 49,037 14,421 41.7%
Interpreters & Translators 1,875 2,578 703 37.5%
Personal & Home Care Aides 25,356 33,707 8,351 32.9%
About IL Direct-Care Workers
Average Age 39.3
Gender Female: 90.3%
Male: 9.7%
Race/Ethnicity White, non-hispanic: 55.2%
Black, non-hispanic: 33.9%
Other, non-hispanic: 3.8%
Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino: 7.0%
Employment Status Year round, full time: 53%
Year round, part time: 24.1%
Part year, full time: 8.9%
Part year, part time: 14%
Median Family Income $25,000
Health Insurance Status Uninsured: 23.8%
Employer provided, private: 32.8%
Other private: 5.7%
Public insurance: 20.9%
Household Public Assistance Any: 46.0%
Medicaid for anyone in household: 38.1%
Food & nutrition: 33%
Housing, energy: 7.6%

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