Workforce Facts

Michigan's fastest-growing workforce!

Employment for direct‐care workers is projected to expand by 32 percent in a decade, increasing by over 30,000 new positions, while the growth rate for all jobs is projected to increase by only 8.5 percent. Home health aides and personal care aides are expected to account for nearly 70 percent of the new demand.

For more information on the impact this workforce has on Michigan’s economy, see the Michigan State Fact Sheet (pdf).

Projected Growth in Direct‐Care Worker Jobs in Michigan, 2010‐2020
  2010 estimated employment 2020 projected employment Numeric change Percent change
Home Health Aides 35,400 54,310 18,310 53.4%
Nursing Aides, Orderlies & Assistants 50,400 57,320 6,920 13.7%
Personal & Home Care Aides 14,720 20,900 6,180 42.0%
All Direct‐Care Workers 100,520 132,530 32,010 32.0%
All MI Jobs 4,144,990 4,497,030 352,040 8.5%
Source: Michigan Labor Market Information



Top Four Fastest-Growing Occupations in Michigan, 2010‐2020 (adding at least 100 annual openings due to growth)

Jobs for home health aides are expected to be the fastest‐growing occupation in Michigan, increasing by 53.4%, and adding 18,310 positions.

  2010 estimated employment 2020 projected employment Numeric change Percent change
Home Health Aides 35,400 54,310 18,910, 53.4%
Personal & Home Care Aides 14,720 20,900 6,180 42.0%
Market Research Analysts & Specialists 6,920 9,500 2,590 37.4%
Medical Social Workers 9,250 11,740 2,490 26.9%
Source: Michigan Labor Market Information



About Michigan Direct-Care Workers

Average Age 39.3
Gender Female: 86.7%
Male: 13.3%
Race/Ethnicity White, non-hispanic: 64.2%
Black, non-hispanic: 27.7%
Education High school diploma or less: 46%
Some college or other degree: 53%
Employment Status Employed full-time year round: 50.9%
Median Annual Earnings Individual earnings, including part-time: $16,000
Individual earnings, full-time, year round: $21,000
Median Family Income $33,033
Health Insurance Status Uninsured direct-care workers: 35.4%
Employer provided, private: 40.6%
Family Poverty Status and Reliance on Public Benefits Workers under 200% of the federal poverty line: 49.5%
Workers in households relying on public benefits: 47.9%
Single Parent 23.4%

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