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Working As A Communications Instructor

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Communications Instructor Do

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Duties

Social and human service assistants typically do the following:

  • Help determine what type of aid their clients need
  • Work with clients and other professionals, such as social workers, to develop a treatment plan
  • Help clients find assistance with daily activities, such as eating and bathing
  • Research services, such as food stamps and Medicaid, that are available to their clients in their communities
  • Coordinate services provided to clients
  • Help clients complete paperwork to apply for assistance programs
  • Transport clients—for example, by driving them to appointments or to services within their community
  • Check in with clients to ensure that services are provided appropriately

Social and human service assistants have many job titles, including case work aide, clinical social work aide, family service assistant, social work assistant, addictions counselor assistant, and human service worker.

Social and human service assistants help clients to identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services, social and human service assistants may follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the intended services and that the services are meeting their needs. They work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or other social and human service workers.

With children and families, social and human service assistants ensure that the children live in safe homes. They help parents get the resources, such as food stamps or childcare, they need to care for their children.

With the elderly, these workers help clients stay in their own homes and live under their own care whenever possible. Social and human service assistants may coordinate meal deliveries or find personal care aides to help with the clients’ day-to-day needs, such as running errands and bathing. In some cases, human service workers help look for residential care facilities, such as nursing homes.

For people with disabilities, social and human service assistants help find rehabilitation services that aid their clients. They may work with employers to make a job more accessible to people with disabilities. Some workers find personal care services to help clients with daily living activities, such as bathing and making meals.

For people with addictions, human service assistants find rehabilitation centers that meet their clients’ needs. They also may find support groups for people who are dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances or behaviors.

With veterans, assistants help people who have been discharged from the military adjust to civilian life. They help with practical needs, such as locating housing and finding ways to apply skills gained in the military to civilian jobs. They may also help their clients navigate the overwhelming number of services available to veterans.

For people with mental illnesses, social and human service assistants help clients find the appropriate resources to help them cope with their illness. They find self-help and support groups to provide their clients with an assistance network. In addition, they may find personal care services or group housing to help those with more severe mental illnesses care for themselves.

With immigrants, workers help clients adjust to living in a new country. They help the clients locate jobs and housing. They also may help them find programs that teach English, or they may find legal assistance to help immigrants get various administrative paperwork in order.

With former prison inmates, human service assistants find job training or placement programs to help clients reenter society. Human service assistants help former inmates find housing and connect with programs that help them start a new life for themselves.

With homeless people, assistants help clients meet their basic needs. They find temporary or permanent housing for their clients and locate places, such as soup kitchens, that provide meals. Human service assistants also may help homeless people find resources to address other problems they may have, such as joblessness.

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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.

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Communications Instructor Career Paths

Communications Instructor
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Supervisor
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Project Manager
Principal
11 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Adjunct Professor Principal
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Adjunct Professor Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Owner Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Instructor Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Instructor Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
English Instructor Consultant Case Manager
Senior Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Clinician
Clinical Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Counselor Therapist
Family Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Social Worker Therapist
Targeted Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Support Specialist Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Support Specialist Support Coordinator Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Support Specialist Lead Teacher House Manager
Housing Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Supervisor House Manager Program Supervisor
Assistant Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Instructor 2.8 years
Living Specialist 2.4 years
Community Aide 2.3 years
Program Instructor 2.2 years
Program Counselor 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Communications Instructor
Instructor 11.0%
Cashier 10.9%
Internship 8.7%
Teacher 6.0%
Volunteer 3.6%
Assistant 3.1%
Top Careers After Communications Instructor
Instructor 12.8%
Teacher 6.0%
Internship 5.1%
Cashier 4.6%
Volunteer 3.4%
Director 3.3%
Counselor 3.2%

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Communications Instructor Demographics

Gender

Female

55.0%

Male

34.0%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

65.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.7%

French

11.7%

German

7.0%

Arabic

5.5%

Italian

4.7%

Chinese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Russian

2.3%

Hebrew

2.3%

Portuguese

1.6%

Romanian

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Finnish

0.8%

Braille

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Serbian

0.8%
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Communications Instructor Education

Schools

Monroe Community College

9.7%

State University of New York College at Brockport

9.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

9.5%

University of Phoenix

9.5%

Saint Louis Community College

8.9%

Webster University

5.0%

Lindenwood University

5.0%

Suffolk County Community College

4.7%

Capella University

4.5%

Kaplan University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Illinois State University

3.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

Purdue University

3.2%

Walden University

3.2%

Ashford University

2.9%

Wayne State University

2.6%

Missouri State University

2.6%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

2.6%

American InterContinental University

2.6%
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Majors

Communication

18.6%

Business

10.3%

Psychology

7.4%

Nursing

6.4%

Education

5.9%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Social Work

5.0%

Public Relations

4.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.8%

English

4.0%

Human Services

3.5%

Elementary Education

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

General Studies

3.2%

Educational Leadership

3.2%

Sociology

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Special Education

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

33.8%

Bachelors

26.2%

Other

20.0%

Associate

9.1%

Doctorate

4.6%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.8%

License

0.6%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Communications Instructor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Communications Instructor in the United States is $57,818 per year or $28 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $100,000.

Real Communications Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Communications Instructor New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM Jul 27, 2016 $60,732
Instructor, Communications Trinity University San Antonio, TX Aug 01, 2011 $45,492
Communications Instructor New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM Aug 01, 2015 $45,396
Marketing Communications Instructor & Trainer J.M.E. Marketing, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 17, 2015 $43,243
Instructor-Communications Truett-McConnell College Cleveland, GA Jul 01, 2011 $43,200
Communications Instructor N.A.F.A. Consultants & Employment Agency, Corp. Miami, FL Dec 09, 2008 $43,200
Communications Instructor N.A.F.A. Consultants & Employment Agency, Corp. Miami, FL Sep 16, 2008 $43,130
Communications Instructor N.A.F.A. Consultants & Employment Agency, Corp. Coral Gables, FL Sep 15, 2009 $43,130
Marketing Communications Instructor & Trainer J.M.E. Marketing, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2015 $39,444
Marketing Communications Instructor & Trainer J.M.E. Marketing, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 30, 2015 $39,444

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Top Skills for A Communications Instructor

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Daily Living
  3. Public Speaking
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  • Received over 200 hours in curriculum development and instructional systems design applied in formal instruction.
  • Worked as a Community Living Instructor supervising individuals daily as they completed activities of daily living.
  • Delivered courses in public speaking, group communication, training facilitation and interviewing for community college and university students.
  • Provided instruction, supervision, and direct assistance as outlined in each individuals Program Plan (IPP).
  • Provide training to individuals with developmental disabilities in the area of self-care, communication, self-direction and independent living.

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