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Working As An Aide

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,559

    Average Salary

What Does An Aide Do

Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks. They also provide social supports and assistance that enable clients to participate in their communities.

Duties

Personal care aides typically do the following:

  • Care for and assist clients with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s or mental illness
  • Engage clients by talking to or playing games with them, or by taking them for walks
  • Help clients with hygiene-related tasks, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and going to the bathroom
  • Transfer clients to and from a bed or a wheelchair
  • Complete housekeeping tasks, such as changing bed linens, washing dishes, and cleaning living areas
  • Help prepare and plan meals
  • Assist with organizing a client’s schedule and schedule appointments
  • Arrange transportation to and from doctors’ offices or the store
  • Help clients pay bills or manage money
  • Shop for personal items and groceries
  • Assist clients in going to work and participating in their communities

Personal care aides—also called caregivers and personal attendants—help clients with self-care and daily activities. Personal care aides perform tasks that are similar to those of home health aides. However, personal care aides cannot provide any medical services, whereas home health aides may provide basic medical services.

Direct support professionals work with people who have developmental or intellectual disabilities. They may help create a behavior plan and teach self-care skills, such as doing laundry or cooking meals. They may also provide other personal assistance services.

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How To Become An Aide

Most personal care aides are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, but most aides have a high school diploma.

Education

Although there are no formal education requirements for personal care aides, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma.

Training

Aides may be trained on the job by registered nurses, other personal care aides, or their direct employer. They are trained in specific tasks, such as how to work with a client who has a cognitive impairment and how to assist a client in preparing meals.

Most employers require aides to have training or certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Important Qualities

Detail oriented. Personal care aides must follow specific rules and protocols to help take care of clients. They must pay close attention to a client’s medical condition, quickly noting any changes that may require assistance from medical personnel.

Integrity. Personal care aides should make clients feel comfortable when the aides tend to personal activities, such as helping a client bathe. In addition, personal care aides must be dependable and trustworthy so that clients and their families can rely on them.

Interpersonal skills. Sometimes clients are in extreme pain or distress, and aides must be sensitive to their emotions. Aides must be compassionate, and they must enjoy helping people.

Physical stamina. Personal care aides should be comfortable performing physical tasks. They often need to lift or turn clients who have a disability.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Personal care aides may be required to complete a formal training program depending on the state where they work, and state laws vary widely in terms of the requirements that must be met. Some states and organizations may conduct background checks on prospective aides. A competency evaluation also may be required to ensure that the aide can perform certain tasks.

There are no federal training requirements for personal care aides. For specific state requirements, contact the state’s health board.

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Aide Career Paths

Aide
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Project Coordinator
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Clerk Legal Assistant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Chief Executive Officer
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Manager Kitchen Manager Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Toddler Assistant Teacher Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Pharmacist Technician Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Account Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Aide Demographics

Gender

Female

73.7%

Male

24.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.3%

French

9.1%

Chinese

2.5%

Italian

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Japanese

2.0%

Russian

1.8%

German

1.8%

Portuguese

1.6%

Urdu

1.6%

Cantonese

1.2%

Tagalog

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Greek

0.9%

Hebrew

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Korean

0.7%
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Aide Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.5%

Michigan State University

11.0%

Liberty University

7.4%

Ashford University

5.5%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Hofstra University

5.1%

Grand Canyon University

5.0%

Hudson Valley Community College

4.0%

Towson University

3.9%

Fresno City College

3.8%

Capella University

3.6%

Duquesne University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

The Community College of Baltimore County

3.4%

Utah State University

3.2%

Walden University

3.2%

Troy University

3.0%

Arizona State University

3.0%

Lansing Community College

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

12.4%

Psychology

11.4%

Nursing

9.0%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Medical Assisting Services

5.8%

Education

4.8%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Social Work

4.7%

Elementary Education

3.9%

General Studies

3.9%

Nursing Assistants

3.8%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Human Services

3.6%

Early Childhood Education

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Special Education

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Human Development

2.8%

Biology

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

29.0%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.7%
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Real Aide Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 08, 2011 $56,766
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Sep 08, 2010 $52,000
Regulatory Aide Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY Jul 13, 2013 $51,236
Professional Aide Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Jan 01, 2016 $37,566
Private Duty Aide Alfred Fenaughty Long Beach, CA Apr 11, 2015 $28,579
Senior Behavioral Intervention Aide Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Columbus, OH Jan 28, 2013 $24,787
Senior Behavioral Intervention Aide Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc. Westerville, OH Aug 20, 2012 $24,787
Habiliation Aide Hoosier Care, Inc. Champaign, IL Oct 23, 2009 $20,384
Universal Aide Maria Joseph Manor Inc. Danville, PA Oct 02, 2007 $19,013
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Mar 26, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 11, 2010 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jan 07, 2010 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Jun 26, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Mar 27, 2009 $16,174
Habilitation Aide Hoosier Care Inc. Champaign, IL Nov 19, 2009 $16,174

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Top Skills for An Aide

  1. Behavioral Issues
  2. Safety
  3. Independent Living
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  • Worked closely with supervisor to accurately document the student's behavioral issues and implement successful strategies to decrease those behaviors.
  • Supervised members in recreational and physical activities and implemented safety standards in all program activities.
  • Assist independent living client with daily routine of dressing medication reminder meals and activities within facility.
  • Provided general administrative assistance essential to the functioning of various projects in the Property Management Branch.
  • Provided personal care for individuals and implemented physical management programs; Documented daily activities of individuals.

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Top 10 Best States for Aides

  1. Alaska
  2. New Jersey
  3. Vermont
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wyoming
  8. North Dakota
  9. Maine
  10. New Hampshire
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