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Become A Personal Care Assistant

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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

A Personal Care Assistant offers support and companionship to elderly, recovering, or disabled clients. They ensure that clients receive their medications on time and help them dress, walk, and eat.

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.


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


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 Care Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hmong

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Somali

  • Chinese

  • Vietnamese

  • Mandarin

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Swedish

  • Tagalog

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Swahili

  • Khmer

  • Thai

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Top Skills for A Personal Care Assistant


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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.

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