Looming behind all the buzz about the future of work and the threat that automation and rapid technological change poses to future job stability, is the underlying shift underway in the U.S. economy from "making things to caring for people." Healthcare currently employs one in nine working Americans, and is "projected to add 2.3 million jobs between 2014 and 2024, the most out of any group of occupations." These jobs vary from doctors to medical administrators, but one of the fastest growing fields inside of healthcare is direct care — personal care workers, home health aides, and nursing assistants — who the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects to add more than 1 million jobs over the next seven years. However, in an in-depth article for Vox, reporter Soo Oh examines how there is a distinct wage gap, as well as lack of certifications and training support for many direct care workers. And, now projections show that the number of elderly people in need of care will far outpace the number of working women who currently make up the vast majority of direct care workers (86%). Training and advocacy groups feel that creating “local or national government standards and providing training materials and courses to home care agencies” will help “increase wages and retention rates.” Practice has seen first hand the benefit in skills training for new and incumbent direct care workers through a valued partnership with 1199SEIU, New York State Healthcare Workers East. Yet, 11 states still don’t require training of home care assistants, and many direct care workers do not have access to healthcare, training benefits, or professional advancement opportunities. Ultimately, direct care is “needed in every single community across the country,” yet much remains uncertain in how we will train workers to decrease avoidable hospitalizations, save money, and provide better care to a rapidly aging population.