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Working As A Personal Care Worker

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Personal Care Worker 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 Personal Care Worker

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
Home Care Giver 3.0 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Group Home Worker 2.6 years
Live In Caregiver 2.6 years
Provider 2.5 years
Care Taker 2.3 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Companion 2.2 years
Personal Attendant 2.1 years
Home Help Aide 2.1 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Personal Care Worker
Cashier 23.5%
Cleaner 2.7%
Server 2.7%
Internship 2.5%
Waitress 2.3%
Volunteer 2.3%
Top Careers After Personal Care Worker
Cashier 14.2%
Server 2.8%
Cleaner 2.7%
Volunteer 2.3%
Internship 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$18,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
LHC Group
Highest Paying City
Wausau, WI
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Personal Care Worker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Personal Care Worker in the United States is $31,249 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $53,000.

Real Personal Care Worker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Sarver Apartment Rentals LLC. Cranberry, PA Jun 10, 2013 $39,582
Personal Care and Service Workers Oliver Monsanto Fanwood, NJ Oct 16, 2008 $29,218
Personal Care and Service Worker Jean-Wilbert Donnay Montgomery, NJ Sep 07, 2011 $26,964
Personal Care & Service Worker WAEL Jadallah West Orange, NJ May 28, 2008 $24,627
Personal Care and Service Worke MR. Michael J. Alban Jr. Clifton, NJ Oct 10, 2007 $24,147
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Connie Joyce Red Bank, NJ Sep 16, 2008 $23,374
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Thomas Smith Manassas, VA Dec 05, 2012 $22,957 -
$12
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other New York Adorned New York, NY Apr 01, 2008 $22,352
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Lisa Hayum Short Hills, NJ Feb 21, 2008 $22,247
Personal Care and Service Workers Mark & Karen Janiek Cranbury, NJ Sep 09, 2009 $21,308
Personal Care and Service Worker Karen Rubiolo Manalapan, NJ Sep 18, 2008 $21,308 -
$25,503
Personal Care Service Worker Monique Nembri Mesquita Kissimmee, FL Aug 04, 2016 $19,973 -
$23,667
Personal Care and Service Worker Robert Axenrod Norwood, NJ Oct 03, 2007 $19,785
Personal Care and Service Worker Tikki Mitchell-King Perth Amboy, NJ Feb 23, 2010 $18,783
Personal Care and Service Worker Martin Rein New York, NY Mar 11, 2011 $18,282
Personal Care & Service Workers, All Other Steven & Tara Merson Woodcliff Lake, NJ Nov 05, 2009 $18,282
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Mirella Fuda Saddle River, NJ Jul 08, 2008 $17,990
Personal Care and Serviceworkers Nazmun N. ALVI NJ Mar 13, 2008 $17,990
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Mirella Fuda Saddle River, NJ Oct 01, 2008 $17,990
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Sunny Sea Horse LLC North Miami Beach, FL Oct 01, 2012 $17,680
Personal Care and Service Workers Maria Louise Amper Hainesport, NJ Mar 03, 2008 $16,884 -
$17,740
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other Dale & Evangeline Dorsey Rockaway, NJ Apr 02, 2009 $16,863
Personal Care Worker Nicholas J Suckow Dallas, WI Feb 01, 2015 $16,821
Personal Care Worker Nicholas J Suckow Dallas, WI Mar 01, 2015 $16,821
Personal Care and Service Workers Madeline Colon-Usowicz M.D. Webster, MA Jan 05, 2015 $16,800
Personal Care and Service Workers, All Other A. Laurene Isip Princeton, NJ Sep 27, 2010 $16,717

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Top Skills for A Personal Care Worker

  1. Personal Care
  2. Communication Assistance
  3. Companionship
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  • Performed daily personal cares, charted required information for residents, administered medications, took and recorded vitals.
  • Provide clients with communication assistance,
  • Provided companionship and full care assistance to individuals with mental/physical disabilities.
  • Provided high-quality patient care and safety.
  • Monitored daily activities and maintained a safe environment for clients with mentally health disabilities.

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Top 10 Best States for Personal Care Workers

  1. Montana
  2. Alaska
  3. Minnesota
  4. South Dakota
  5. North Dakota
  6. Washington
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Oregon
  9. Vermont
  10. Colorado
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Personal Care Worker Resume Examples And Tips

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Personal Care Worker Demographics

Gender

Female

70.0%

Unknown

16.0%

Male

14.0%
Ethnicity

White

74.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.1%

Asian

8.2%

Black or African American

5.6%

Unknown

2.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.2%

Hmong

20.3%

French

7.6%

Japanese

2.5%

Portuguese

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Romanian

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Serbian

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Croatian

1.3%
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Personal Care Worker Education

Schools

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

15.8%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

15.5%

Bryant and Stratton College

8.4%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

5.9%

University of Phoenix

4.8%

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

4.2%

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

4.2%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.2%

Gateway Technical College

4.2%

Northcentral Technical College

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.5%

Rasmussen College

3.2%

Mid-State Technical College

3.1%

Bryant & Stratton College-Milwaukee

3.0%

Milwaukee Career College

3.0%

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

2.9%

Globe University

2.7%

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

2.6%

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

2.5%

Kaplan University

2.5%
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Majors

Nursing

16.4%

Medical Assisting Services

12.3%

Business

11.9%

Health Care Administration

9.2%

Criminal Justice

7.1%

Nursing Assistants

7.0%

Psychology

5.5%

Human Services

5.3%

General Studies

4.0%

Social Work

3.7%

Accounting

2.2%

Education

2.0%

Liberal Arts

1.8%

Cosmetology

1.8%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Legal Support Services

1.8%

Management

1.7%

Early Childhood Education

1.5%

Biology

1.5%

Medical Technician

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

40.8%

Bachelors

20.6%

Associate

20.1%

Certificate

7.7%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

4.0%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.5%
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