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Number of Home Health Workers Has Grown 115% since 2000

By Mary Kate Nelson | May 9, 2017

Home health has been one of the fastest-growing health care sectors of the new millennium. In fact, the number of workers in home health care services grew by 115.1% between 2000 and 2016, according to an analysis from “Big Four” accounting firm Deloitte. About 728,800 of the 4.6 million health care jobs created between 2000 and 2016 were in home health care services, the analysis revealed.

By comparison, the number of workers in outpatient care centers grew by 101.4% in that period, while the number of workers in physicians’ offices grew by 40.3%.

Some positions within the home health care industry are becoming more common than others. The proportion of personal care aides in the home health care services industry more than doubled between 2000 and 2015, from 10.4% to 25.4%, the analysis revealed. All the while, the the proportion of registered nurses, health care aides, and maids and housekeepers in the home health care services industry dropped.

In 2015, about 43% of the workers in the U.S. home health care services industry were aides, 37% held office-related jobs, and 19% held highly specialized positions.

Home health aides are expected to be the fifth-fastest growing occupation between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In that time period, more than 348,000 new home health aide jobs are projected to be created.

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