FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Become A Personal Care Assistant

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Personal Care Assistant

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $20,980

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal Care Assistant 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Personal Care 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.

Show More

Show Less

Personal Care Assistant jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Average Length of Employment
Elder 3.2 years
Home Attendant 2.9 years
Home Care Giver 2.8 years
Care Provider 2.5 years
Elderly Caregiver 2.4 years
Provider 2.4 years
Personal Assistant 2.4 years
Home Health Aid 2.4 years
Live In Caregiver 2.3 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Care Associate 2.3 years
Direct Care Aide 2.2 years
Direct Care Worker 2.1 years
In Home Aide 2.1 years
Companion 2.0 years
Sitter 2.0 years
Personal Attendant 2.0 years
Career Assistant 1.9 years
Home Help Aide 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 19.3%
Internship 2.7%
Waitress 2.6%
Server 2.6%
Top Employers After
Cashier 11.5%
Server 3.0%
Internship 2.7%

Personal Care Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

83.8%

Male

13.7%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

81.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.6%

Black or African American

0.6%
Show More
Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.7%

French

8.4%

Hmong

6.9%

German

3.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Italian

3.1%

Russian

2.9%

Somali

2.4%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Mandarin

1.4%

Polish

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Japanese

1.0%

Korean

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Thai

0.6%
Show More

Personal Care Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Ashford University

7.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

6.7%

Rasmussen College

6.0%

Saint Cloud State University

5.0%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.9%

Kaplan University

4.9%

University of Minnesota - Duluth

4.7%

Liberty University

4.7%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

4.6%

North Hennepin Community College

4.4%

Grand Canyon University

4.4%

Minneapolis Community and Technical College

4.1%

Saint Paul's College

4.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.9%

Century College

3.8%

Winona State University

3.8%

Springfield Technical Community College

3.7%

Everest Institute

3.5%

Metropolitan State University

3.4%
Show More
Majors

Nursing

18.4%

Medical Assisting Services

12.8%

Business

10.9%

Health Care Administration

8.8%

Nursing Assistants

8.1%

Psychology

7.3%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

General Studies

3.8%

Human Services

3.2%

Social Work

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Accounting

2.2%

Early Childhood Education

2.0%

Education

1.8%

Biology

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Management

1.4%

Occupational Therapy

1.4%
Show More
Degrees

Other

39.0%

Bachelors

22.5%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

9.3%

Masters

5.6%

Diploma

4.2%

License

1.7%

Doctorate

0.5%
Show More
Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary

Top Skills for A Personal Care Assistant

LaundryRUNErrandsCareAssistantMealPrepPersonalHygieneTasksCompanionshipADLDailyLivingActivitiesVitalSignsPCAPatientCareMedicationRemindersMedicalAppointmentsDementiaHealthCareDoctorAppointmentsResponsibilitiesiBloodPressureSpecialNeedsAlzheimer

Show More

Top Personal Care Assistant Skills

  1. Laundry
  2. RUN Errands
  3. Care Assistant
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Care for patients by changing bed linens, washing and ironing laundry, cleaning, or assisting with their personal care.
  • Take care of patients in their home, check vital signs, chart, prepare meals, run errands for patients.
  • Certified personal care assistant Day caring disabilities with health problem Assist patients with mental disorder Providing patient needs within a timely manners
  • Assisted with instrumental activities of daily living such as laundry, housekeeping, and meal prep and clean up.
  • Assist person in daily personal care routine, and completion of personal hygiene tasks.

Top Personal Care Assistant Employers

Personal Care Assistant Videos

Social Care - A Day in the Home

A Day In The Life: David

Personal and Home Care Aides Job Description

×