Personal Care and Service Occupations

Employment of personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 792,100 new jobs. Personal care aides are expected to account for 6 out of 10 of these new jobs. Personal care aides assist clients with daily living activities and demand for their services will grow as the elderly population increases.

Personal care and service occupations had a median annual wage of $21,260 in May 2014, which is lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

  OCCUPATION JOB SUMMARY ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION Help 2014 MEDIAN PAY Help
Animal care and service workers

Animal Care and Service Workers

Animal care and service workers provide care for animals. They feed, groom, bathe, and exercise pets and other nonfarm animals. Job tasks vary by position and place of work.

High school diploma or equivalent $20,610
Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists

Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmetologists

Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.

Postsecondary nondegree award $23,200
Child care workers

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They attend to children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten or help older children with homework.

High school diploma or equivalent $19,730
Fitness trainers and instructors

Fitness Trainers and Instructors

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercises (exercises for the heart and blood circulation), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.

High school diploma or equivalent $34,980
Funeral directors

Funeral Service Workers

Funeral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral.

Associate's degree $52,520
Gaming services occupations

Gaming Services Workers

Gaming services workers serve customers in gambling establishments, such as casinos or racetracks. Some workers tend slot machines, deal cards, or oversee other gaming activities such as keno or bingo. Others take bets or pay out winnings. Still others supervise or manage gaming workers and operations.

High school diploma or equivalent $19,940
Manicurists and pedicurists

Manicurists and Pedicurists

Manicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.

Postsecondary nondegree award $19,620
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Personal Care Aides

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

No formal educational credential $20,440
Recreation workers

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers design and lead recreational and leisure activities for groups in volunteer agencies or recreation facilities, such as playgrounds, parks, camps, aquatic centers, and senior centers. They may lead activities such as arts and crafts, dance, sports, adventure programs, music, and camping.

High school diploma or equivalent $22,620
Skin care specialists

Skincare Specialists

Skincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance. 

Postsecondary nondegree award $29,050

Publish Date: Thursday, December 17, 2015