SDW news brief: Almost one-third of direct-care jobs will be held by older women by 2018

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 19, 2010

Older women aged 55 and older will become 30% of the nation's direct-care workforce by 2018—up from 22% in 2008, according to a new study by PHI, the long-term care workforce development consultants.

This is not surprising because the nation's workforce is aging and PHI expects that 1.2 million direct-care workers will be women aged 55 and over by 2018.

In 2008, the median hourly wage for direct-care workers was $10.42, which is more than one-third less than $15.57, the median wage for all U.S. workers. Without competitive wages, the older women who are filling these positions today are likely to look elsewhere for employment, PHI said.

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