This occupation has a high probability of automation.

74.0% probability

of automation

37.4% growth

projected to 2026

2,016,100 employed

currently in the US

$22,710 annual wage

US, median ($10.92 hourly)

What they do

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 74.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 406 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 2,016,100 people have this job. They earn $22,710 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $45,785,631,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $10.92.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 37.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 2,770,100 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).