Personal Care Aides

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person’s home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds, doing laundry, washing dishes) and preparing meals. May provide assistance at non-residential care facilities. May advise families, the elderly, convalescents, and persons with disabilities regarding such things as nutrition, cleanliness, and household activities.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $9.24/hr
Median: $10.20/hr
Experienced: $11.97/hr

Current Employment
2,197 (2016)

Projected Employment
3,287 (2025)

Growth for Personal Care Aides

2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange (2015-2025)% Change (2015-2025)

Industries Employing Personal Care Aides

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2016)% of Occupation in Industry (2016)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2016)
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities1,15352.5%32.2%
Home Health Care Services43920.0%8.0%
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities1878.5%17.4%
Private Households954.3%14.5%
Continuing Care Retirement Communities462.1%4.2%

Occupational Tasks

  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
  • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
  • Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client’s needs and plan for continuing services.
  • Care for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.