Personal/home health aides, food service jobs projected to grow most by 2028

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Personal and home health care aides work with little pay but contribute greatly to help people live on their own. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Personal and home health care aides work with little pay but contribute greatly to help people live on their own. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Home and personal aides are still at/near the top.

Food service workers are heavily represented.

And six of the ten jobs projected to grow the most over the next decade are occupations that currently pay less then $26,500 per year.

Even that pay, which assumes a 40-hour work week, is optimistic. Those service jobs are also characterized by irregular, uncertain schedules.

Every two years the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics projects which jobs are expected to grow the most over the next ten years. Here are the top jobs from the most recent projections.

Occupations with the most job growth, 2018 and projected 2028 (numbers in thousands)
EmploymentChange, 2018-28Median annual wage, 2018 ($)
Total, all occupations161037.7169435.98398.15.2$38,640
Personal care aides2421.23302.188136.4$24,020
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food3704.24344.3640.117.3$21,250
Registered nurses3059.83431.3371.512.1$71,730
Home health aides831.81136.6304.836.6$24,200
Cooks, restaurant1362.31661.329921.9$26,530
Software developers, applications944.21185.7241.525.6$103,620
Waiters and waitresses2634.62804.8170.26.5$21,780
General and operations managers2376.42541.41656.9$100,930
Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners2404.42564.2159.86.6$26,110
Medical assistants686.6841.5154.922.6$33,610

The six lowest paying jobs in the top ten occupations with the most growth account for nearly 30 percent of the 8.4 million additional jobs projected by 2028.

One in ten additional jobs over the next decade are projected to be personal care aides. Add home health aides, and the two jobs combine for more than 14 percent of job growth over the decade.

The food service sector accounts for another 13 percent of the total.

Nevada-specific projections trail the BLS by several months, but prior state projections have largely mirrored prior BLS projections for the nation as a whole: In raw numbers, the jobs that will see the most job growth are jobs with inferior pay and working conditions.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.