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Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.Education
Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.
Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.
The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.
Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education.Training
Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.Advancement
For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.
Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.
Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.
Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.
Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.
Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.
Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.
Hispanic or Latino11.2%
Black or African American0.7%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix12.0%
Grand Canyon University5.5%
University of Pittsburgh -5.5%
Rhode Island College4.5%
University of Rhode Island4.3%
Indiana University of Pennsylvania4.2%
West Virginia University3.2%
Saint Joseph's University3.1%
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania3.1%
University of Minnesota - Duluth3.0%
Pennsylvania State University2.9%
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|Behavior Specialist||Anderson Center for Autism||Staatsburg, NY||Sep 10, 2014||$70,000|
|Behavioral Specialist||Hope Community Resources, Inc.||Anchorage, AK||Sep 28, 2012||$58,916|
|Behavioral Specialist||Hope Community Resources, Inc.||Anchorage, AK||Oct 26, 2016||$55,182|
|Behavioral Specialist Consultant||Western Pennsylvania Psych Care||Beaver, PA||Nov 22, 2009||$51,048|
|Behavior Specialist||Sunnyvale School District||Sunnyvale, CA||Aug 17, 2009||$47,410|
|Behavioral Specialist Consultant||Western Pennsylvania Psych Care||Beaver, PA||Oct 01, 2012||$46,963|
|Mobile Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant||Western Pennsylvania Psych Care||Beaver, PA||Jan 23, 2008||$45,500|
|Applied Behavioral Science Specialist||YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilitie||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2009||$45,000|
|Applied Behavioral Science Specialist||YAI-National Institute for People With Disabilit||New York, NY||Aug 15, 2009||$45,000|
|Behavior Specialist||Kahlon Family Service, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Feb 14, 2014||$41,740|
|Behavior Specialist Consultant||Teamcare Behavioral Health, LLC||Lancaster, PA||Oct 01, 2009||$41,740 -
|Behavior Specialist||Tello & Assoicates||Alhambra, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$41,552|
|Behavior Specialist||Tello & Associates||Alhambra, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$41,552|
|Therapeutic Behavioral Specialist||Sunny Hills Services||San Anselmo, CA||Sep 05, 2011||$39,100 -
|Behavior Specialist Consultant||Suzanne & Associates LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||Oct 01, 2015||$38,547 -
|Behavior Specialist Consultant||Suzanne & Associates LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||Jul 18, 2014||$37,566 -
|Behavior Analysis Specialist||University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||May 12, 2010||$35,818|
|Behavior Analysis Specialist||University of Nebraska Medical Center||Omaha, NE||Apr 01, 2008||$35,818|
|Social Behavioral Specialist||Amerejuve Inc.||Houston, TX||Oct 01, 2010||$35,464|
|Behavior Specialist Consultant||Suzanne & Associates LLC||Pittsburgh, PA||Jul 18, 2011||$35,082 -
|Behavioral Parenting Specialist||Kennedy Krieger Institute||Baltimore, MD||Jan 01, 2010||$31,500|
|Behavior Specialist||Andy MIK Corporation||Rowland Heights, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$28,200|
|Behavior Specialist/Registered Behavior Technician||Behavior Services of Brevard, Inc.||Cocoa, FL||Aug 03, 2016||$27,152 -
|Behavior Specialist||Kahlon Family Service, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Feb 13, 2012||$25,169|
|Behavior Specialist||Kahlon Family Service, LLC||San Francisco, CA||Feb 17, 2012||$25,169|
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