Bureau of Labor Statistics

Personal Care and Service Occupations

Employment of personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 17 percent from 2018 to 2028, 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 7 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 $26,220 in May 2019, which is lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.

  Occupation Job Summary Entry-Level Education 2019 MEDIAN PAY
Animal care and service workers

Animal Care and Service Workers

Animal care and service workers attend to animals.

High school diploma or equivalent $24,990
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 $26,270
Child care workers

Childcare Workers

Childcare workers attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play.

High school diploma or equivalent $24,230
Fitness trainers and instructors

Fitness Trainers and Instructors

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities.

High school diploma or equivalent $40,390
Funeral directors

Funeral Service Workers

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

Associate's degree $58,310
Gaming services occupations

Gaming Services Workers

Gaming services workers serve customers in gambling establishments, such as casinos or racetracks.

High school diploma or equivalent $23,520
Manicurists and pedicurists

Manicurists and Pedicurists

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

Postsecondary nondegree award $25,770
Recreation workers

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers design and lead activities to help people stay active, improve fitness, and have fun.

High school diploma or equivalent $26,350
Skin care specialists

Skincare Specialists

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

Postsecondary nondegree award $34,090
Suggested citation:

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Care and Service Occupations,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/personal-care-and-service/home.htm (visited May 20, 2020).

Last Modified Date: Friday, April 10, 2020

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