Social and Human Service Assistants

General Information

Description

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Individual and Family Services
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities

Job Outlook

Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services is expected to drive demand for these workers. An increase in the number of older adults is expected to result in growing demand for social services such as delivery of meals and adult daycare. Because social and human service assistants often arrange for these services, there will need to be more of them to meet this increased demand. In addition, growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs rather than to jail. As a result, demand should increase for social and human service assistants who work in treatment programs or work with people with addictions.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$39,390

State-by-state Salary

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$42,370
$22,790
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 26%
  • High school 22%
  • Master's degree 18%
  • Associate's degree 12%
  • Post-master's certificate 12%
  • Some college 5%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Clerical
  • Sociology and Anthropology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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