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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
  • $191,000

    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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Average Yearly Salary
$191,000
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$130,000
Min 10%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$191,000
Median 50%
$281,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Piedmont Healthcare
Highest Paying City
Omaha, NE
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Primary Care Provider make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Primary Care Provider in the United States is $191,989 per year or $92 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $130,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $281,000.

Top Skills for A Primary Care Provider

  1. Primary Care Services
  2. Daily Care
  3. Chronic Illnesses
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided HIV-specialty care and general primary care services.
  • Preformed daily care and physical therapy exercises.
  • Manage chronic illnesses and provide education for patients to take control of disease processes and prevent complications.
  • Monitor, record, and track patient vital signs and blood glucose levels.
  • Collaborate with specialists for continuity and optimization of patient care.

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Top 10 Best States for Primary Care Providers

  1. Washington
  2. Alaska
  3. Oregon
  4. Montana
  5. North Dakota
  6. South Dakota
  7. Nevada
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Vermont
  10. Utah
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Primary Care Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

66.1%

Male

22.7%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

60.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.3%

French

6.1%

Russian

6.1%

Hindi

4.1%

Nepali

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Romanian

2.0%

Cantonese

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Urdu

2.0%

Armenian

2.0%
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Primary Care Provider Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Columbia University

6.7%

George Washington University

5.6%

Nova Southeastern University

5.6%

University of Utah

5.6%

Touro College

5.6%

University of Florida

5.6%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.6%

Florida International University

4.4%

University of Pennsylvania

4.4%

Walden University

4.4%

University of Houston

4.4%

University of South Alabama

4.4%

Duke University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

University of Arizona

4.4%

University of Saint Francis

3.3%

University of Southern Indiana

3.3%

University of North Dakota

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

32.8%

Physician Assistant

9.9%

Business

7.8%

Medical Assisting Services

7.6%

Medicine

7.1%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Family Practice Nursing

5.2%

Education

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Biology

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Public Health

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Early Childhood Education

1.3%

Communication

1.3%

Nursing Science

1.3%

Pharmacy

1.3%

Medical Technician

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

29.1%

Other

22.5%

Bachelors

21.1%

Associate

8.8%

Doctorate

8.5%

Certificate

6.0%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.8%
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