The National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center

Fact Sheet January 21, 2020

From Crisis to Emergency: 8.2 Million Direct Care Job Openings Expected by 2028

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From Crisis to Emergency: 8.2 Million Direct Care Job Openings Expected by 2028 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.

Key Takeaways

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, PhD
About The Author

Kezia Scales, PhD

Senior Director of Policy Research
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.

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