Personal Care Aides

Personal Care Aide Helps Elderly Woman Rise

Personal care aides help the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who need assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and housekeeping responsibilities. They work in private homes and group facilities. Nearly 1.4 million personal care aides are employed in the United States. Aides are also called homemakers, home care aides, caregivers, companions, and personal attendants.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Caregivers, Companions, Direct Support Professionals, Homemakers, Home Care Aides, Personal Attendants
Duties Assist the elderly, people with disabilities, and others with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and housekeeping responsibilities
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience Any experience caring for others useful
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Organized
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Background check
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Geriatric Care Manager
  • Supervisor or Manager
  • Experienced Personal Care Aide
  • Entry-Level Personal Care Aide