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Don't Get Too Excited by Our 10 Fastest-Growing Professions

No. 2 fastest-growing career: Home-health aide
Projected 2010-20 growth: 69.4%

Demand for home-health aides appears poised to explode in the next few years as baby boomers try to age in place and insurers attempt to minimize nursing-home and hospital costs.

The BLS expects U.S. employers to create some 706,000 home-health-aide jobs this decade -- a nearly 70% gain.

Home-health aides help elderly and infirm patients stay at home by assisting with bathing, dressing and light housekeeping. In some states, aides can also dispense medicine or check a patient's vital signs.

While some home-health aides get special training and certification, you can sometimes get a job in the field without even a high-school degree, according to the BLS.

That said, home-health aides don't make much money -- just a median $20,610.

BLS researchers have also found that the profession has high turnover because of low pay and the heavy emotional toll of caring for the infirm.

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