2. Personal and home care aides
Projected increase in 2016: 50.6 percent
Number employed in 2006: 767,000
Median pay in 2006: $18,180
Education/training: Some states only require on-the-job training; other states may require formal training that can be completed at community colleges, vocational schools, home healthcare agencies, and elder care programs.
Job outlook: Rapid job growth is expected because of the projected rise in the number of elderly people, who are increasingly relying on home care.
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(Globe Staff Photo/Janet Knott)