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June 1, 2012

This report provides an expansive look at the entire U.S. health care job sector including: information on wages and benefits, demographic characteristics of workers, employment trends, and overall productivity. The report shows that, although wages for most health care workers are steadily increasing, wages for direct care workers and other support workers have stagnated. Additionally, the researchers note that the pay gap between so-called professional health care workers and support workers is “enormous.”

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Key Takeaways

Demand for home health aides will grow by more than 700,000 positions in the next six years.
Home health aides are among the most diverse health care occupations.
Rural and undeserved areas will experience shortages, as well as less prestigious health care occupations.

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