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Working As A Direct Care Professional

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $25,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Direct Care Professional 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 A Direct Care Professional

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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Average Length of Employment
Developmental Aide 4.5 years
Direct Care Aide 2.3 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Direct Care Professional
Cashier 17.4%
Internship 4.9%
Server 2.9%
Volunteer 2.6%
Top Careers After Direct Care Professional
Cashier 7.2%
Server 3.0%
Assistant 2.7%
Internship 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$25,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$25,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Schenectady, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Direct Care Professional make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Direct Care Professional in the United States is $25,745 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

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Top Skills for A Direct Care Professional

  1. Independent Living
  2. Personal Care
  3. Direct Care Staff
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided support to consumers including health and independent living skills/activities of daily living.
  • Respond appropriately to immediate or urgent customer personal care needs.
  • Guided and monitored the work of Direct Care Staff and mentored them in their professional development.
  • Work consisted of providing premier services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Home making including meal preparation and planned recreational activities.

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Top 10 Best States for Direct Care Professionals

  1. North Dakota
  2. Alaska
  3. New Jersey
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Vermont
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Minnesota
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Maine
  10. Washington
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Direct Care Professional Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 4,989 Direct Care Professional resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Direct Care Professional Demographics

Gender

Female

63.7%

Male

21.8%

Unknown

14.4%
Ethnicity

White

66.6%

Hispanic or Latino

12.6%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.0%

French

14.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Hebrew

2.6%

German

2.6%

Chinese

1.8%

Russian

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Irish

0.9%

Hungarian

0.9%

Cherokee

0.9%

Igbo

0.9%

Slovak

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%

Arabic

0.9%

Swahili

0.9%
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Direct Care Professional Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.0%

University of Iowa

7.1%

Kaplan University

7.1%

Ashford University

6.9%

University of Central Florida

5.4%

Liberty University

5.1%

Victoria College

4.9%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.6%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.6%

Cuyahoga Community College

4.3%

Capella University

4.3%

Florida State University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Casper College

3.1%

Brevard Community College

2.9%

Everest Institute

2.9%

Eastern Florida State College

2.9%

University of Toledo

2.6%
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Majors

Nursing

14.4%

Psychology

13.2%

Medical Assisting Services

10.2%

Business

9.7%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

Human Services

6.6%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Social Work

5.2%

General Studies

3.5%

Sociology

3.3%

Nursing Assistants

2.9%

Mental Health Counseling

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Counseling Psychology

2.1%

Early Childhood Education

1.8%

Management

1.8%

Biology

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Cosmetology

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

31.3%

Bachelors

30.4%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

9.7%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

3.7%

License

1.1%

Doctorate

0.3%
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What do you like the most about working as Direct Care Professional?

Working as a Direct Care Professional,
* I like most helping others with different disabilities.
* I like most seeing each individual achieve their highest level of achievement.
* I like most listing and learning different things from each individual.
* I like most hearing the individuals say when they TRUST you, “ hey momma “
* I like most seeing each individual including staff happy; however, if not working together as a team in a positive way to improve the current situation to create a happier and healthier work environment... Show More

What do you NOT like?

Working as a Direct Care Professional,
* I don’t like when individuals come to work just for a paycheck.
* I don’t like when Individuals can’t be trusted.
* I do not like when individuals are not honest
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Rescare sucks

June 4, 2019 on Zippia

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What do you like the most about working as Direct Care Professional?

My clients are awesome.. Show More

What do you NOT like?

My company is more worried about filling beds and money than any of the clients.. Show More

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