What does a Direct Support Professional do?

Direct support professionals are responsible for the day-to-day care of the sick and the elderly. They help maintain the home of their client and try to develop their skills so they can take care of themselves. Direct support professionals help the client eat, bathe, dress, and drink if necessary. They also help encourage their clients to be more independent and follow their interests and hobbies.

Direct support professionals do not need to have any experience in this position. They should also have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. They also need to have a driver's license and a CPR certification. Direct support professionals should be able to plan out a client's day and ensure that they get to all of their necessary appointments. They must have the ability to juggle multiple clients and stay on top of all of them.

  • Ensure the their clients receive their medicine
  • Take clients to their doctor appointments
  • Create daily schedules for their clients
  • Log all day-to-day activities
  • Help clients maintain their home by cleaning and doing laundry
  • Prepare meals for the client
  • Help the client gain more independence
  • Set short and long term goals for the client
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid driver's license
  • CPR certified
  • Positive attitude and ability to talk to anyone
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to handle stressful situations well
  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to pass a background check
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Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Direct Support Professional Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,069 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $42K
$52K
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Direct Support Professional Career Path

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BrightSpring Health ServicesBrightSpring Health Services
DSP
Jan. 7, 2020

“Schedule was perfect and I was able to pick up more hours and build amazing relationships with everyone.”

ResCare Community LivingResCare Community Living
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Jun. 24, 2021

“Former supervisor made false claims and also made threats of bodily harm to that supervisor and nothing was done.”

Community Integrated Services (NH)
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
May 3, 2021

“I dont like bashing CIS because I really like the company but the pay really is terrible.”

Wediko Children's ServicesWediko Children's Services
Direct Care &Quot; Residential Counselor&Quot;
Dec. 20, 2020

“Great opportunity to see if this is the field you really want to go into.”

Apex Behavioral Health
Direct Support Professional
Jan. 31, 2021

“Don’t think the training is the best but with this job you learn most of it while working.”

Quest Inc
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Oct. 8, 2020

“Definitely a great place to start a career and they took me on knowing nothing and gave me full training and certifications.”

Metropolitan Family ServicesMetropolitan Family Services
Direct Support Professional
May 29, 2020

“It's great if you're trying to build experience but not as much if you're trying to make a decent income.”

Community LivingCommunity Living
Direct Support Professional (DSP)
Dec. 14, 2020

“Working with clients is awesome and rewarding.”

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