|Quick Facts: Personal Care Aides|
|2012 Median Pay||
$19,910 per year
$9.57 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||1,190,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||49% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||580,800|
Personal care aides help clients with self-care and everyday tasks, and provide companionship.
Personal care aides held about 1.2 million jobs in 2012. They work in a variety of settings, including patients’ homes and larger care communities.
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.
The median annual wage for personal care aides was $19,910 in May 2012. About half of all personal care aides work full time.
Employment of personal care aides is projected to grow 49 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. As the baby-boom population ages, there will be an increase in the number of clients requiring assistance or companionship.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of personal care aides with similar occupations.
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