Personal Care and Service Occupations

The most recent data of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019) states the following about personal and service occupations:

Employment in personal care and service occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. This employment growth is expected to result in about 364,300 new jobs.

Personal care and service occupations had a median annual wage of $26,220 in May 2019, which is lower than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810.


Personal Care and Service Jobs

Below you find a list of job positions with a job summary, entry-level education, and median pay level. Each link brings you to a specific job page where you can find more information about the position, and commonly asked interview questions and answers for that job.

OccupationJob SummaryEntry-Level Education2019 Median Pay
Animal Care and Service WorkersAnimal care and service workers attend to animals.High school diploma or equivalent$24,990
Barbers, Hairstylists, and CosmetologistsBarbers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists provide haircutting, hairstyling, and a range of other beauty services.Postsecondary nondegree award$26,270
Childcare WorkersChildcare workers attend to the basic needs of children, such as dressing, feeding, and overseeing play.High school diploma or equivalent$24,230
Fitness Trainers and InstructorsFitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities.High school diploma or equivalent$40,390
Funeral Service WorkersFuneral service workers organize and manage the details of a funeral.Associate's degree$58,310
Gaming Services WorkersGaming services workers serve customers in gambling establishments, such as casinos or racetracks.High school diploma or equivalent$23,520
Manicurists and PedicuristsManicurists and pedicurists clean, shape, and beautify fingernails and toenails.Postsecondary nondegree award$25,770
Recreation WorkersRecreation workers design and lead activities to help people stay active, improve fitness, and have fun.High school diploma or equivalent$26,350
Skincare SpecialistsSkincare specialists cleanse and beautify the face and body to enhance a person’s appearance.Postsecondary nondegree award$34,090


Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic