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Become A Primary Care Provider

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Working As A Primary Care Provider

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $155,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Primary Care Provider 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 Primary Care Provider

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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Primary Care Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

70.9%

Male

27.2%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

76.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.7%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

French

11.1%

Russian

11.1%

Nepali

2.2%

Vietnamese

2.2%

Romanian

2.2%

Cantonese

2.2%

Hindi

2.2%

Hebrew

2.2%

Ukrainian

2.2%

Armenian

2.2%
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Primary Care Provider Education

Schools

University of Arizona

13.8%

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Pima Community College

5.7%

University of South Alabama

5.7%

Case Western Reserve University

5.7%

University of Utah

5.7%

University of Houston

4.6%

Nova Southeastern University

4.6%

Walden University

4.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.6%

University of Florida

3.4%

University of Nebraska at Omaha

3.4%

Temple University

3.4%

University of Southern Indiana

3.4%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.4%

Harvard University

3.4%

Northern Kentucky University

3.4%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.4%

University of Missouri - Kansas City

3.4%

Xavier University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

32.2%

Medicine

9.8%

Business

9.6%

Medical Assisting Services

6.1%

Family Practice Nursing

5.2%

Physician Assistant

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

Psychology

4.2%

Management

2.9%

Public Health

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Biology

2.2%

Pharmacy

2.2%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Optometry

1.7%

Clinical Psychology

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Health Sciences And Services

1.5%

Sociology

1.5%

Mental Health Counseling

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

26.6%

Other

23.9%

Bachelors

22.7%

Doctorate

10.7%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

6.2%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.7%
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Real Primary Care Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Primary Care Physici Gould Medical Group Los Banos, CA May 17, 2013 $200,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Jan 08, 2016 $160,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Aug 01, 2013 $155,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Jan 08, 2016 $135,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Aug 01, 2013 $135,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Jan 08, 2016 $130,000
Primary Care Family Practioner Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Lawrence, MA Aug 01, 2013 $130,000

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Top Skills for A Primary Care Provider

PrimaryCareSettingVitalSignsDailyCareHealthCareDiabetesPatientCarePhysicalExamsMedicalCareChronicDiseaseExacerbationsUrgentCareFamilyPracticeHospiceStaffPhysicalTherapyHealthcareNurseChronicIllnessesDailyLivingActivitiesMentalHealthElectronicMedicalRecordsHIVTreatmentPlans

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Top Primary Care Provider Skills

  1. Primary Care Setting
  2. Vital Signs
  3. Daily Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assessed patient vital signs via my medical training.
  • Assisted home nurse and hospice staff with all aspects of daily care, including bathing, feeding and dressing.
  • Provided mental health care for diabetes, smoking cessation, pain management, and substance abuse related issues.
  • Diagnosed, treated and managed care for patients with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.
  • Work cooperatively with administration, providers and staff to ensure quality patient care and customer service.

Top Primary Care Provider Employers