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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
  • $112,352

    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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Provider Career Paths

Provider
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Operator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Aide Service Representative Client Services Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Program Coordinator Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Utilization Review Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Direct Care Worker Program Coordinator Director Of Social Services
Community Service Director
6 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Aide Home Health Aid Direct Support Professional
Home Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Unit Secretary Claim Processor Provider Relations Representative
Manager, Provider Relations
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Home Health Aid Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Therapist Clinical Specialist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Property Manager Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Case Manager Program Supervisor
Residential Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Account Manager Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Service Manager
Service Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Provider Demographics

Gender

Female

76.9%

Male

21.1%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.3%

Hispanic or Latino

24.8%

Black or African American

9.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.3%

French

5.7%

Mandarin

3.2%

Chinese

2.6%

Russian

2.3%

German

2.3%

Cantonese

2.0%

Tagalog

2.0%

Hmong

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Hindi

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Armenian

0.9%

Carrier

0.9%

Serbian

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Filipino

0.6%

Swahili

0.3%

Swedish

0.3%
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Provider Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

South Texas College

15.1%

Houston Community College

8.4%

Arizona State University

5.8%

Liberty University

4.6%

Kaplan University

4.3%

Angelina College

3.8%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Ashford University

3.4%

Grand Canyon University

3.4%

Texas Southern University

3.1%

El Paso Community College

2.9%

Del Mar College

2.9%

Texas A&M University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.7%

Texas State Technical College - Harlingen

2.7%

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

2.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.7%

Tyler Junior College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

16.0%

Nursing

13.8%

Medical Assisting Services

11.2%

Psychology

8.1%

Health Care Administration

7.5%

Criminal Justice

6.1%

Nursing Assistants

4.9%

Social Work

4.6%

General Studies

3.8%

Education

3.3%

Accounting

3.1%

Human Services

2.6%

Communication

2.2%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Human Development

1.9%

Pharmacy

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.7%

English

1.7%

Computer Science

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

35.0%

Bachelors

24.7%

Associate

13.8%

Masters

12.6%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

3.2%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.9%
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Real Provider Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Room Provider Tri-County Memorial Hospital Inc. Whitehall, WI Feb 01, 2013 $229,570
Emergency Room Provider Tr-County Memorial Hospital Inc. Whitehall, WI Oct 15, 2012 $229,570
Gastroenterology Provider Saint Louis Connect Care Saint Louis, MO Apr 16, 2012 $208,000
Family Medicine Provider Phoebe Physician Group, Inc. Sylvester, GA Jul 25, 2016 $187,200
Internal Medicine Provider Jacobs & Modaber, M.D.S' Limited Las Vegas, NV Jan 24, 2011 $170,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Heathcare, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Madison, FL Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Quincy, FL Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Medicine and Obstetrics Provider Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Jun 26, 2016 $168,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Patterson, CA Sep 16, 2013 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Practice Provider Wahid Medical Corporation Patterson, CA Jan 02, 2012 $150,000 -
$170,000
Family Practice Provider Community Health Connection, Inc. Tulsa, OK Sep 01, 2015 $135,655
Provider (Family Practitioner) Community Clinic, Inc. Takoma Park, MD Nov 15, 2013 $131,500
Provider (Family Practitioner) Community Clinic, Inc. Takoma Park, MD Sep 06, 2014 $131,500
Voice Technology Solution Provider Microsoft Corporation Redmond, WA Oct 01, 2009 $121,000
Family Medicine Provider McLeod Physician Associates Darlington, SC Dec 31, 2014 $100,006 -
$195,000
Business Solutions Provider Medical Mutual of Ohio Beachwood, OH Oct 19, 2015 $88,000
Mid Level Dental Provider DR. Brian H Miller Dds Newton, MA Apr 15, 2016 $78,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Sep 21, 2015 $65,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies San Francisco, CA Oct 30, 2013 $60,000
Client Solutions Provider Applied Predictive Technologies Arlington, VA Sep 20, 2012 $55,000
Local Support Provider The University of Memphis Memphis, TN Sep 01, 2011 $43,000
Specialized Education Provider Christian City Church San Diego San Diego, CA Mar 09, 2015 $41,740

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Top Skills for A Provider

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  1. Health Care
  2. Laundry Services
  3. Personal Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Traveled extensively educating health care providers.
  • Supported patients by providing housekeeping and laundry services.
  • Administer bedside and personal care, including ambulation and personal hygiene assistance.
  • Assist Learning Disabled individual to learn Independent Living Skills to be able to live in the community Independently.
  • Administered medication and provided assistance with daily living activities such has meal preparation and transporting patients to various appointments.

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Top 10 Best States for Providers

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