We surveyed 5,847 personal care aides to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical personal care aide. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a personal care aide?

Low

High

Working as a personal care aide typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a personal care aide?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a personal care aide typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a personal care aide?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a personal care aide. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for personal care aides.

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Do personal care aides work full-time or part-time?

55% of personal care aides work in full-time roles while 45% work part-time.

Is being a personal care aide stressful?

Low

High

Stress is very commonplace for personal care aides, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a personal care aide?

Low

High

Some level of organization is generally required to be a personal care aide.

How competitive is the workplace for personal care aides?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for personal care aides.

Does being a personal care aide require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for personal care aides.

Are personal care aides allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Personal care aides rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do personal care aides have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Personal care aides tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a personal care aide physically demanding?

Low

High

Being a personal care aide requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.

Are personal care aides exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

The workload of a personal care aide changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.

Does being a personal care aide require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for personal care aides.

Does being a good personal care aide require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a personal care aide.