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: $9.57/hr
Median: $10.58/hr
Experienced: $11.90/hr

Current Employment
2,436 (2017)

Projected Employment
3,777 (2028)

Growth for Personal Care Aides

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Personal Care Aides

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities1,25951.7%34.5%
Home Health Care Services47819.6%8.2%
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities2269.3%20.3%
Private Households984%14.5%
Vocational Rehabilitation Services632.6%5.4%

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.