Personal Care Aides

General Information

Description

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Home Health Care Services
  • Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly

Job Outlook

Overall employment of home health aides and personal care aides is projected to grow 40 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom generation ages and the elderly population grows, the demand for the services of home health aides and personal care aides will continue to increase. Elderly clients and people with disabilities are increasingly relying on home care as an alternative to nursing homes or hospitals. Families may prefer to keep aging family members in their homes rather than in nursing homes or hospitals. Clients who need help with everyday tasks and household chores, rather than medical care, may be able to reduce their medical expenses by staying in or returning to their homes.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$23,720

State-by-state Salary

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$32,530
$17,850
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 53%
  • Less than high school 17%
  • Some college 16%
  • Master's degree 6%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Bachelor's degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • English Language
  • Education and Training
  • Therapy and Counseling

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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