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Personal Care Aides

Also called: Caregiver, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Home Care Aide, Personal Care Aide

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Voltage SecureMail
Spreadsheet software
Optical character reader OCR or scanning software
  • Computer reading software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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