Personal Care and Service Occupations

Employment of personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 18 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 1.2 million new jobs. Personal care aides are expected to account for about 6 out of 10 of these new jobs. Personal care aides, which are included in the same profile as home health aides, assist clients with daily living activities and demand for their services are expected to grow as the elderly population increases.

Personal care and service occupations had a median annual wage of $22,710 in May 2016, which is lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,040.

  OCCUPATION JOB SUMMARY ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION Help 2016 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.

High school diploma or equivalent $22,230
Barbers, hairdressers, and cosmetologists

Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

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

Postsecondary nondegree award $24,300
Child care workers

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, bathing, feeding, and overseeing play. They may help younger children prepare for kindergarten or assist older children with homework.

High school diploma or equivalent $21,170
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 $38,160
Funeral directors

Funeral Service Workers

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

Associate's degree $54,830
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 $20,810
Manicurists and pedicurists

Manicurists and Pedicurists

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

Postsecondary nondegree award $22,150
Recreation workers

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers design and lead activities to help people stay active, improve fitness, and have fun. They work with groups in summer camps, fitness and recreational sports centers, nursing care facilities, nature parks, and other settings. They may lead such activities as arts and crafts, sports, music, dramatics, or games.

High school diploma or equivalent $23,870
Skin care specialists

Skincare Specialists

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

Postsecondary nondegree award $30,270

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017