Personal Care Aides

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Care Manager, Care Provider, Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Companion, Direct Care Worker, Direct Support Professional (DSP), Home Care Aide, Home Health Care Provider, Homemaker, Medication Aide, Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Attendant, Personal Care Aid, Personal Care Aide, Personal Care Assistant (PCA), Personal Care Attendant (PCA), Provider, Resident Assistant, Resident Care Assistant (RCA), State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA), Support Staff

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Personal Care Aides is projected to grow 36 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 36.4%

    Percent Change

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  • 486,900

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Majors that prepare Personal Care Aides:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (2.5%)
  • Bachelor's degree (10.5%)
  • Associate's degree (8.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (26.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (16.1%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Document client health or progress.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
  • Develop plans for programs or services.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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