Elder Care Labor Force Study Reveals Changing Demographics

Elder Care Labor Force Study Reveals Changing Demographics


Argentum released a demographic study of the elder care labor force, and while much is to be expected there are some interesting new developments in the industry.  Over 90% of the labor force is male, but there is cause for some optimism about new demographics entering the workforce as young males are increasing their participation.

More males are entering female-dominated portions of the senior care industry, but females still make up the majority of employees.  This perhaps indicates that the industry is looking to change as more employees are needed to care for the aging baby boomer generation.

Of interest to those concerned about employees being caught in mass deportation are statistics that indicate that around 90% of senior care workers are American citizens.  Although 20% of the workforce was born outside of the United States, indicating that many employees have arrived in America for the job prospects in the industry.

Currently, it is estimated that the workforce numbers 892,000, but according to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that will need to increase to 1.2 million by 2026.

Approximately 60% of the workforce is directly involved with patients on a day-to-day basis working in personal care and healthcare.  Furthermore, the lion’s share of these employees works full time, totaling over 70%.


Much industry talk has been over the lack of qualified nurses that can be hired, and while this demographic study does not offer concrete answers in and of itself, some of these data points can be used to study how senior care can improve in the future and answer concerns both by the industry and its employees.

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Leo G. Anderson

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