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The Future of Care Work: Improving the Quality of America’s Fastest-Growing Jobs

September 1, 2019

This report analyzes the 2017 American Community Survey microdata to explore the demographics and job quality of the direct care workforce, with a particular focus on the future implications for the women who do this work and the people they care for. It recommends a range of policy and practice interventions, including: higher wages, better training, and protections against workplace harassment.

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Key Takeaways

The majority of direct care workers are women.
Job quality has remained poor in recent years, even as worker educational attainment has improved.
Higher wages, better training, and workplace supports are needed to stabilize the long-term care system.

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