Personal care & Service

Employment of personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 19 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 $23,610 in May 2017, which is lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $37,690.

OccupationEntry-Level Education2017 MEDIAN PAY
Animal Care and Service WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$23,160
Barbers, Hairstylists, and CosmetologistsPostsecondary nondegree award$24,900
Childcare WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$22,290
Fitness Trainers and InstructorsHigh school diploma or equivalent$39,210
Funeral Service WorkersAssociate's degree$56,850
Gaming Services WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$22,300
Manicurists and PedicuristsPostsecondary nondegree award$23,230
Recreation WorkersHigh school diploma or equivalent$24,540
Skincare SpecialistsPostsecondary nondegree award$30,080
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Personal Care and Service Occupations, on the Internet at