This fact sheet shows that from 2018 to 2028, the direct care workforce will add 1.3 million jobs, and an additional 6.9 million jobs will become vacant as existing workers leave the field or exit the labor force.
Combining job growth and separations, nearly 8.2 million total direct care job openings are anticipated from 2018 to 2028.
From 2018 to 2028, the direct care workforce is expected to add 1.3 million jobs—more new jobs than in the second and third U.S. occupations with the most job growth combined.
The direct care workforce nearly doubled within the last decade, from 2.9 million workers in 2008 to almost 4.5 million in 2018.
Kezia Scales oversees PHI’s national research strategies to effectively study the direct care workforce and its relationship to long-term care, providing an evidence base to inform public policies on this critical workforce.
Caring for the Future
Our new policy report takes an extensive look at today's direct care workforce—in five installments.