Massachusetts (MA) Careers that Are Growing: An Overview

Learn about the education and preparation needed to enter the fields of home health, personal care and skincare. Get a quick view of the requirements as well as details about job duties, salaries and projected job growth to find out if one of these fields is right for you.

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Essential Information

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (MEOLWD), among the state's top 10 fastest-growing occupations for the 2012-2022 decade will be skincare specialists, home health aides and personal care aides.

Skincare Specialist Home Health Aide Personal Care Aide
Required Education Postsecondary non-degree award No formal requirement - high school diploma preferred No formal requirement - high school diploma preferred
Projected Job Growth-Massachusetts (2012-2022) 53% 40% 38%
Mean Salary-Massachusetts (2014) $39,700 $26,800 $26,120

Sources: Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Skincare Specialist

Skincare specialists are concerned with more than just helping an individual look good. Their duties encompass evaluation the condition of a person's skin in order to recommend products and treatments that can not only enhance the skin's appearance but can help improve its quality. Skincare specialists instruct an individual on the proper cleaning and care procedures. They may also make referrals to specialists such as dermatologists who can deal with more serious skin conditions.

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Home Health Aide

Elderly, recuperating, disabled, chronically ill or impaired individuals may need help in the completion of daily activities. A home health aide can fulfill such needs. They may arrange and see to doctor's appointments, routinely check a patient's vital signs and are often responsible for administering medications. Working under the supervision of medical practitioners, home health aides are usually employed by certified hospice or home health agencies that receive government funding.

Personal Care Aide

Personal care aides are often trained by medical practitioners, such as nurses. Though their duties are similar to those of home health aides, they are not authorized to administer medications or monitor vital signs. However, many times an employer may require a personal care aide to be certified in CPR and/or first aid.

Other Fast-Growing Occupations in Massachusetts

The MEOLWD also projects the following as among the top 25 fastest-growing occupations in Massachusetts over the period from 2015-2023:

  • Mechanical Insulation Workers
  • Brickmasons, Blockmasons and Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
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