Projected 2010-20 growth: 70.5%
Personal-care aides -- who perform many of the tasks home-health aides do but can't give medication or check vital signs -- should see the largest job gains of any U.S. profession during this decade, the BLS says. The agency expects job openings for personal-care aides to grow by some 607,000 people during the current decade -- more than a 70% increase. Like home-health aides, job opportunities for personal-care aides appear likely to soar because aging baby boomers need help remaining in their houses. And like home health aides, personal-care aides don't necessarily need even high-school degrees to get jobs. Personal-care aides earn only a median $19,730, though -- the lowest wage of any profession on the fast-growing-occupations list. And like home-health aides, personal-care aides also have high turnover rates because of the job's low pay and high stress.