Nurse Practitioners, Aides Still Among Fastest-Growing Jobs

A rapidly aging U.S. population is expected to drive up demand for nurse practitioners and personal care and home health aides over the next decade, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Total employment is expected to increase by 11.5 million jobs between by 2026, representing a 0.7% annual rate of growth. Much of that growth will come in the health care sector, as an aging U.S. population will drive demand for those services.

The number of home health aides, the third-fastest growing occupation overall, is expected to increase by about 47% in the decade to come, according to BLS data. Home health aides saw median pay of $22,600 per year. Personal care aides and physician assistants, meanwhile, are projected to grow their ranks by roughly 37%. Those occupations made a median of $21,920 and $101,480 per year, respectively, in 2016.

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The amount of nurse practitioners, who made a median salary of $100,910 per year in 2016, should increase 36% by 2026, the government data showed. The number of registered nurses, who saw a 2016 median pay of $68,450 per year, are expected to grow 15% by 2026.

But health care wasn’t the only job sector expected to add more workers than average. Industries dealing with energy installation, mathematics, software development and social services will add many more jobs in the years to come.

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Written by Tim Regan

Chart source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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