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To what other careers can you transfer direct care skills? 

Click on the headlines of the career fields below to see how direct care skills can prepare you for success in other jobs. Don’t see what you are looking for? Visit CareerForce: Learn how your skills apply to other careers (enter “personal care aides” as your search term) to see more career opportunities.

Portrait of Kim Hicks, autism policy lead at the Department of Human Services

Autism services

Shortage of autism service providers means opportunity for direct support professionals.

Portrait of Taylor, a communications supervisor


Developing specialized communication skills early in your career can be a valuable asset.

A woman holds a notebook in her kitchen. She is using a wheelchair

Construction design

Some DSPs can apply experience to construction or architecture.

Portrait of Nicole, a physical and health disabilities teacher for Northeast Metro 916


Many direct support professional skills align with a career in education. 

Portrait of Department of Human Services administrator Michelle Chalin


Experience as a DSP can give applicants a competitive advantage.

Portrait of nurse practitioner Bolo Diallo-Young

Nurse practitioner

Most employers can match you with someone who needs health care assistance.

Outdoor scene of woman providing care to an elder who is sitting in a wheelchair

Positive supports

Entry level positive support positions are a natural step for DSPs.

A woman stands in an office and types on a tablet computer


There is high demand for assistive technology engineers.

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