Personal Care Aides (39-9021)

Occupation 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.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 5,3876,512 20.9475 358946
United States 2,016,1002,793,800 38.6191,900 144,600414,260

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 11.598.739.98 11.1112.4314.78
Alaska 15.3410.8712.95 15.6417.8119.22
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 15.2310.6912.87 15.5717.7119.03
Fairbanks North Star Borough 15.6112.4713.75 15.7217.8019.04
Southeast Region 14.1510.5011.40 13.7817.0318.69
Balance of State 16.5411.8113.56 16.6418.9922.00

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5,957527 8.843.6 33.9
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation2,985
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation0
UI claimants previously working in occupation682
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 3,170
Number of job position postings 846
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.7

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
Personal Care Assistant Certificate

 Degree
Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Personal Care Attendant

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Assistants and Personal Care Aides (February 2014)

Alaska’s Direct Care Jobs (June 2009)