Personal Care Aide

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Most Common Education Levels

** This graph is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data and offers a snapshot (based on a statistical sample) of the actual education and training levels of those persons who are currently working in this career. It does not necessarily reflect the education or training that an employer may require of a new hire. **

Current Entry Requirements

Personal care aides generally are not required to have a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate, although a number of employers may want this as a condition for hiring. About one in five personal care aides have some postsecondary training for this occupation, earning either a certificate or an associate's degree.

Personal care aides usually are trained on-the-job by their more experienced fellow workers, supervisors, licensed practical nurses, or registered nurses. Much of this training involves how to properly perform basic housekeeping tasks and how to cook for a client while watching for special diet requirements.

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Career Snapshot

Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

26% - Much faster than average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $19,180 - $24,860

Hourly: $9 - $12