This occupation is expected to grow rapidly and is projected to have large numbers of job openings.
A Direct Support Professional, or Direct Support Care Professional, cares for individuals experiencing developmental or intellectual disabilities or illnesses.
Their main duties include helping patients complete basic housekeeping tasks, transporting patients to appointments or other social outings and keeping patients safe from potential health hazards in their surrounding environment.
Direct Support Professionals work with individuals with mental or developmental disabilities by creating behavior plans, teaching self-care skills, cooking meals and doing laundry.
While not all employers require it, a Direct Support Professional usually needs a high school diploma or equivalent.
A Direct Support Professional may be trained in housekeeping tasks or learn basic safety techniques, including how to respond to emergencies. If state certification is required, specific training may be needed.
Training on basic nutrition, infection control, reading and recording vital signs and personal hygiene can be completed on-the-job or via specialized programs. In addition, clients may have individualized preferences that require Direct Support Professionals to take time to become comfortable before working with them.
Most employers offer on the job training, however training direct care and professional development certifications can help you be more prepared to join the workforce as a DSP.
The following careers are great advancement options for people with DSP experience.
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