Through 2028, five of the 10 fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. will be in the healthcare field. Of those fields, the Department of Labor projects that Home Healthcare and Personal Care Aides will be most in-demand, rising more than 36 percent, which translates to adding nearly 1.2 million additional positions. But developing a quality home healthcare workforce has been difficult due to the lack of industry investment in home care workers.
One factor causing the gap, the relatively low median salary of $24,000 which explains why a picture of an overworked and underpaid workforce comes into focus.
Marisol Rivera wanted to be a healthcare provider because she enjoys assisting people who need help. She was connected with the New York-based non-profit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI). As part of our Do Something Awesome series, WorkingNation featured PHI and the company’s quest to improve the lives of people who need in-home or residential care by improving the lives of the workers who provide it.