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Working As A Provider

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • $73,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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 Length of Employment
Provider 3.0 years
Home Health Aid 2.6 years
Live In Caregiver 2.6 years
Care Provider 2.6 years
Direct Care Worker 2.3 years
Companion 2.2 years
Sitter 2.1 years
Personal Attendant 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Provider
Cashier 22.4%
Internship 3.3%
Server 3.2%
Manager 2.8%
Waitress 2.6%
Volunteer 2.6%
Teacher 2.2%
Top Careers After Provider
Cashier 18.9%
Server 3.4%
Teacher 2.6%
Internship 2.4%
Driver 2.2%
Volunteer 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$73,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$73,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Allina Health System
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Provider make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Provider in the United States is $73,846 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Room Provider Tri-County Memorial Hospital Inc. Feb 01, 2013 $229,570
Emergency Room Provider Tr-County Memorial Hospital Inc. Oct 15, 2012 $229,570
Gastroenterology Provider Saint Louis Connect Care Apr 16, 2012 $208,000
Family Medicine Provider Phoebe Physician Group, Inc. Jul 25, 2016 $187,200
Internal Medicine Provider Jacobs & Modaber, M.D.S' Limited Jan 24, 2011 $170,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Heathcare, Inc. Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Sep 16, 2013 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Jan 02, 2012 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Practice Provider Community Health Connection, Inc. Sep 01, 2015 $135,655
Provider (Family Practitioner) Community Clinic, Inc. Nov 15, 2013 $131,500
Provider (Family Practitioner) Community Clinic, Inc. Sep 06, 2014 $131,500
Voice Technology Solution Provider Microsoft Corporation Oct 01, 2009 $121,000
Family Medicine Provider McLeod Physician Associates Dec 31, 2014 $100,006 -
$195,000
Business Solutions Provider Medical Mutual of Ohio Oct 19, 2015 $88,000
Mid Level Dental Provider DR. Brian H Miller DDS Apr 15, 2016 $78,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies Sep 21, 2015 $65,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies Oct 30, 2013 $60,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies Sep 20, 2012 $55,000
Local Support Provider The University of Memphis Sep 01, 2011 $43,000
Specialized Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego Mar 09, 2015 $41,740
Religious Activities & Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego Nov 01, 2013 $39,653
Specialized Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego Apr 01, 2011 $33,370
Specialized Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego Apr 11, 2011 $33,370
Specialized Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego Apr 18, 2011 $33,370

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Top Skills for A Provider

  1. Laundry Services
  2. Personal Care
  3. Meal Prep
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
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  • Provide oversight and personal care to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Administered medication and provided assistance with daily living activities such has meal preparation and transporting patients to various appointments.
  • Network Adequacy and Provider Contracting o Built relationships with providers to ensure alignment between CoOportunity Health and the provider group administration.
  • Assisted clients in managing their mental health diagnoses to become self-sufficient in employment, social relationships and independent living.

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Top 10 Best States for Providers

  1. Alaska
  2. New Jersey
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Hampshire
  5. New York
  6. Connecticut
  7. Oregon
  8. Delaware
  9. Pennsylvania
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Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

72.1%

Male

22.0%

Unknown

5.9%
Ethnicity

White

56.8%

Hispanic or Latino

23.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.9%

French

5.6%

Mandarin

2.3%

Arabic

2.1%

Russian

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Armenian

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

German

1.5%

Cantonese

1.3%

Swedish

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Portuguese

1.0%

Hindi

0.8%

Thai

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Italian

0.5%

Khmer

0.3%

Ukrainian

0.3%
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Provider Education

Schools

South Texas College

12.7%

Houston Community College

11.2%

Everest Institute

11.2%

Ashford University

6.4%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Kaplan University

6.3%

Del Mar College

4.9%

Texas School of Business

4.3%

South Texas Vo-Tech Institute

4.0%

San Antonio College

3.7%

Tyler Junior College

3.4%

Remington College

3.3%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

3.0%

Glendale Community College

2.8%

Angelina College

2.8%

Liberty University

2.7%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.7%

Touro College

2.7%

Grand Canyon University

2.7%

Fresno City College

2.7%
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Majors

Nursing

16.4%

Medical Assisting Services

14.3%

Business

13.7%

Health Care Administration

9.1%

Psychology

7.9%

Criminal Justice

6.2%

General Studies

3.8%

Social Work

3.7%

Nursing Assistants

2.8%

Human Services

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Cosmetology

1.8%

Computer Science

1.8%

Human Development

1.8%

Early Childhood Education

1.7%

Management

1.7%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

32.4%

Bachelors

21.2%

Associate

16.4%

Certificate

10.9%

Diploma

9.0%

Masters

8.0%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

1.0%
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