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Home Health Aides Top List of Fastest-Growing Temp Jobs

April 8, 2015

Temporary home health aide positions are expected to grow by 15 percent by 2019, faster than any other low-wage temp job, according to data released in March by the job-search website CareerBuilder.

PHI data shows that two major home care jobs — home health aides and personal care aides (PCAs) — are expected to be among the fastest-growing in the country between 2012 and 2022.

The U.S. will need 580,800 additional PCAs and 424,200 additional home health aides by 2022 to keep pace with demand — a 49 percent increase in each workforce, PHI data shows.

However, those jobs are among the lowest-paying in the country; the average hourly wage for home care workers is just $9.61. And, like many direct-care workers, home care workers often work part-time hours, often not by choice.

Other high-growth but low-wage temp jobs expected to grow significant in the coming years are gaming dealers, child care workers, and restaurant cooks, CareerBuilder’s data shows. Temporary computer systems analyst positions are expected to be the single fastest-growing temp job, according to CareerBuilder, but those jobs pay an average wage of nearly $40 an hour.

Overall, the temp job market is expected to grow by 13 percent between 2014 and 2019, CareerBuilder data shows.

Temporary and part-time positions have been fueling the job recovery, a trend that is “likely to continue gaining steam over the next several years,” Forbes reporter Kathryn Dill wrote on March 31.

— by Matthew Ozga

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