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Personal Care Aides - 31-1122.00

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O*NET-SOC Description

Provide personalized assistance to individuals with disabilities or illness who require help with personal care and activities of daily living support (e.g., feeding, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation). May also provide help with tasks such as preparing meals, doing light housekeeping, and doing laundry. Work is performed in various settings depending on the needs of the care recipient and may include locations such as their home, place of work, out in the community, or at a daytime nonresidential facility.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Home Care Aide
  • Medication Aide
  • Patient Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Personal Care Attendant (PCA)
  • Resident Care Assistant (RCA)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer bedside or personal care, such as ambulation or personal hygiene assistance.
  • Care for individuals or families during periods of incapacitation, family disruption, or convalescence, providing companionship, personal care, or help in adjusting to new lifestyles.
  • Instruct or advise clients on issues, such as household cleanliness, utilities, hygiene, nutrition, or infant care.
  • Participate in case reviews, consulting with the team caring for the client, to evaluate the client's needs and plan for continuing services.
  • Perform healthcare-related tasks, such as monitoring vital signs and medication, under the direction of registered nurses or physiotherapists.
  • Perform housekeeping duties, such as cooking, cleaning, washing clothes or dishes, or running errands.
  • Plan, shop for, or prepare nutritious meals or assist families in planning, shopping for, or preparing nutritious meals.
  • Prepare and maintain records of client progress and services performed, reporting changes in client condition to manager or supervisor.
  • Provide clients with communication assistance, typing their correspondence or obtaining information for them.
  • Train family members to provide bedside care.
  • Transport clients to locations outside the home, such as to physicians' offices or on outings, using a motor vehicle.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Assist individuals with special needs.
  • Develop plans for programs or services.
  • Document client health or progress.
  • Drive vehicles to transport patrons.
  • Maintain client information or service records.
  • Monitor health or behavior of people or animals.
  • Perform housekeeping duties.
  • Prepare foods or meals.
  • Provide counsel, comfort, or encouragement to individuals or families.
  • Teach health or hygiene practices.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Enlisted Aide (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospitalman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Blind Aide
  • Companion
  • Homemaker
  • Personal Attendant