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)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 6,0217,047 17.0103 53155
United States 1,768,4002,226,500 25.945,810 14,30060,110

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 10.928.329.22 10.5411.9514.31
Alaska 15.1910.3112.89 15.7517.8019.03
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 14.9510.0312.57 15.6017.6718.91
Fairbanks North Star Borough 14.8911.9613.09 14.8217.1218.53
Southeast Region 16.4611.8015.12 16.9618.5519.57
Balance of State 16.0111.4813.69 16.1818.2719.63

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

Alaska Technical Center   (Kotzebue)
Personal Care Attendant

Trinion Quality Care Services   (Anchorage)
Personal Care Assistant Certificate

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Nursing Assistants and Personal Care Aides (February 2014)

Alaska’s Direct Care Jobs (June 2009)