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Become A Personal Assistant

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Working As A Personal Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $23,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal Assistant Do

Personal Assistants provide administrative support through undertaking a wide range of clerical and managerial tasks. They meet and greet visitors and manage phone calls, inquiries, and requests.

How To Become A Personal Assistant

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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Personal Assistant Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    77.3%
  • Male

    20.6%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.6%
  • Asian

    6.5%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    58.5%
  • French

    11.2%
  • German

    4.4%
  • Italian

    4.1%
  • Portuguese

    4.1%
  • Russian

    3.5%
  • Mandarin

    1.9%
  • Chinese

    1.9%
  • Japanese

    1.5%
  • Arabic

    1.5%
  • Polish

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Hindi

    0.9%
  • Korean

    0.9%
  • Hebrew

    0.8%
  • Tagalog

    0.8%
  • Greek

    0.7%
  • Vietnamese

    0.6%
  • Swedish

    0.5%
  • Armenian

    0.5%
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Real Personal Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Carlos R. Santos, MD PA Carlos R. Santos, Md Pa North Miami Beach, FL Sep 12, 2015 $76,750
Personal Assistant AJ Melino Associates Incorporated Scarsdale, NY Mar 04, 2013 $72,987
Publicist and Personal Assistant Gisele Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 30, 2014 $72,000
Drew E. Karp, P.A. Drew E. Karp, P.A. Fort Lauderdale, FL Oct 01, 2013 $69,351
Personal Assistant Ricardo Urbina Sr Houston, TX Jun 07, 2016 $56,576
Personal Assistant Promotivate of America, Inc. Seattle, WA Sep 01, 2015 $45,843
Personal Assistants Bradley A. Dubner, Inc. Boca Raton, FL Oct 30, 2009 $45,810
Bilingual Director of Admissions, Fundraising & PA Columbia Secondary School New York, NY Feb 22, 2010 $45,643 -
$30
Personal Assistant AJ Melino Associates Incorporated New York, NY Feb 25, 2013 $45,000
Personal Assistant Pok Pok Ny, LLC New York, NY Feb 01, 2013 $35,000 -
$40,000
Personal Assistant Destiny Light Entertainment LLC Fort Worth, TX Aug 01, 2015 $33,392
Personal Assistant Habitat Residence LLC Miami, FL Dec 22, 2016 $33,030
Personal Assistant Import Auto Tech Inc. Hialeah, FL Apr 11, 2016 $30,867
Personal Assistant Emival Corporation Miami, FL Jan 12, 2016 $30,867
Personal Assistant Technological Investments & Supplies, Inc. Miami, FL Jul 21, 2016 $30,867

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Top Skills for A Personal Assistant

RUNErrandsHouseholdChoresPersonalAssistanceLaundryPhoneCallsCustomerServiceTravelArrangementsMealPrepFinancialPersonalCareDataEntryPayrollCompanionshipSchedulingAppointmentsDailyLivingActivitiesChildCarePersonalErrandsPersonalHygieneDoctorAppointmentsRealEstate

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Top Personal Assistant Skills

  1. RUN Errands
  2. Household Chores
  3. Personal Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Make appointments, run errands and be available 24/7.
  • Job duties included data collection and entry for tax purposes, companionship, doctor's appointments and all household chores.
  • Provide personal assistance to busy individuals by managing household and professional affairs.
  • Organize people's homes, housecleaning, laundry, make customer service calls, personal shopping.
  • Answered and directed telephone calls; filed documentation; kept up appearance of office(s); ran errands.

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