Jobs for home health aides working as temps or on a contract basis will see their job opportunities grow significantly over the next four years, according to recent findings.
Temp jobs were the first to rebound in the U.S. economy’s recovery, according to Forbes. Nearly 3 million people are employed in temporary jobs today that number will continue to rise in 2015 and beyond.
Data collected by CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. shows that home health aide is the fastest growing temporary occupation among jobs paying less than $15 per hour (who are paid a median hourly wage of $10.12.)
The need for home health aides is growing as an aging population continues to prefer growing old in place, at home. The number of temporary Home Health Aides is projected to increase by 15%, from 17,822 temp jobs in 2014 to an expected 20,420 temporary jobs in 2019.
The next fastest growing occupations paying less than a median $15 per hour (at 14% growth) are Gaming Dealers (average median hourly earnings $9.22), Childcare Workers ($9.81), Restaurant Cooks ($10.73), Substitute Teachers ($13.00), Demonstrators and Product Promoters ($12.26), and Retail Salespersons ($10.13).
For those fastest-growing temporary jobs paying over $15 per hour, the number of Registered Nurses in temporary positions is estimated to grow 14% from 2014 to 2019, earning a median hourly average of $32.60. Computer Systems Analysts are the only faster-growing temp job market, whose jobs are predicted to grow 19% during that same time. The average median hourly wage there is $39.15.
Caregiverlist has followed the proposed increase in home care worker wages. Of course direct care workers deserve the highest wage possible in order to create a stable work force and curb high senior caregiver turnover. As the senior care industry continues to grow, so does the need for quality caregivers.
Senior worker advocacy groups continue their efforts to increase home care worker wages. The sticky wicket occurs when quality home health care agencies, in an effort to increase their home care worker wages, must pass those costs onto the care-recipient families, who already struggle to pay out-of-pocket for in-home care.
The CareerBuilder report is based on data from 90 state and national employment resources.