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Care worker

Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.

Potential salary

£12,500 to £25,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

35 to 40 a week

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks will vary depending on the needs of the person you're caring for.

For people who need support to live at home and in their community, you'll:

  • help with washing and dressing
  • make food or help with eating
  • get to know their interests and needs
  • do household jobs, like washing clothes and shopping
  • monitor their weight and record any concerns they have
  • check they're taking their prescribed medications
  • support their physical and mental wellbeing through activities

You could also:

  • support families who have new caring responsibilities
  • give emotional and practical support to children and young people
  • work with other health and social care professionals
  • help organise leisure activities and outings

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work at an adult care home, at a client's home or stay overnight at people's homes.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.

While employed as a care worker you can develop your skills by training in specific areas, like autism awareness, communication skills or supporting people with dementia.

With experience, you can become a lead care worker. You can also move into more senior jobs, like managing people or services, if you study for further qualifications. For example, a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Adult Care, or a degree in social work or nursing.

You can find out more about careers in care from:Think Care Careers; Department of Health and Social Care; Social Care TV

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