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Personal Care Aides - 39-9021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Caregiver
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Home Care Aide
  • Home Health Care Provider
  • 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)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Blind Aide
  • Companion
  • Homemaker
  • Personal Attendant