Where do you want to work?
Deal with People
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.
Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Case Specialist
Top Careers After Case Specialist
Hispanic or Latino15.2%
Black or African American0.9%
Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.
University of Phoenix19.3%
Trident Technical College8.9%
Arizona State University6.7%
Mohawk Valley Community College5.9%
University of Illinois at Chicago3.7%
Lindsey Wilson College3.7%
American InterContinental University3.7%
University of Connecticut3.7%
Loyola University of Chicago3.7%
Western Kentucky University3.7%
University of South Florida3.0%
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne3.0%
California State University - East Bay3.0%
Wake Technical Community College3.0%
Unfortunately we don’t have enough data for this section.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|PV Case Specialist||Corporate Brokers, LLC||Montville, NJ||Sep 11, 2013||$67,640|
|Care Case Specialist||Angel City Family Care Services||Cerritos, CA||Apr 01, 2010||$60,502 -
|Care Case Specialist||Angel City Family Care Services||Cerritos, CA||Oct 01, 2010||$60,502 -
|Care Case Specialist||Angel City Family Care Services||Cerritos, CA||Dec 20, 2009||$60,502 -
|Behavior Intervention Development Case Specialist||Intercare Therapy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$52,175|
|Case Specialist||Intercare Therapy, Inc.||Hayward, CA||Sep 03, 2015||$52,000|
|Case Specialist-Asia||Growing Generations LLC||Los Angeles, CA||May 15, 2015||$50,000|
|Case Specialist||Growing Generations LLC||Los Angeles, CA||May 15, 2015||$50,000|
|EB-5 Case Specialist||Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP||Santa Monica, CA||Sep 10, 2014||$45,739|
|Case Specialist||Intercare Therapy, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Oct 01, 2015||$38,000|
|Case Specialist||Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice||San Francisco, CA||Jul 01, 2010||$35,300|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Hingham, MA||Dec 01, 2014||$35,000|
|Case Specialist||Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc.||Pittsfield, MA||Mar 01, 2011||$30,450|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Feb 10, 2016||$30,303|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Hanover, MA||Jan 03, 2016||$28,000|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Scituate, MA||Jan 15, 2016||$28,000|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Oct 01, 2015||$28,000|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Abington, MA||Jan 01, 2013||$27,851|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Apr 15, 2014||$27,789|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Apr 27, 2015||$27,082|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Dec 01, 2014||$27,082|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Hingham, MA||Apr 01, 2013||$27,000|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Hanover, MA||Apr 01, 2013||$27,000|
|Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Specialist||Road To Responsibilty, Inc.||Hingham, MA||Nov 20, 2015||$26,936|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Marshfield, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$26,500|
|Case Specialist||Road To Responsibility, Inc.||Hanover, MA||Jan 01, 2016||$26,500|
To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.
A Day in the Life- Social Worker
How to Negotiate Salary for Your Job Offer
Case Manager, Career Video from drkit.org