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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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Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix22.7%
Michigan State University6.1%
Florida State University4.9%
University of Florida4.1%
Pennsylvania State University4.1%
George Washington University4.1%
Grand Canyon University3.9%
University of Maryland - University College3.9%
Community College of the Air Force3.8%
University of Texas at Austin3.5%
New York University3.3%
University of Central Florida3.3%
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|Liason To National Foundation Boards/Board Develop||Open Society Institute||New York, NY||Jan 03, 2014||$200,352|
|Product Implementation Liaison||McKinsey & Company, Inc. United States||Cleveland, OH||Jan 01, 2012||$140,080|
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|Gtld Registry Liaison||Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 13, 2014||$137,000|
|Pathology Diagnostics Liaison||Bristol-Myers Squibb Company||Plainsboro, NJ||Oct 17, 2016||$130,000|
|International Agency Liaison||Intellectual Ventures Management LLC||Bellevue, WA||Sep 12, 2015||$125,570 -
|Registry Technical Liaison||Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number||Marina del Rey, CA||Sep 01, 2012||$125,000|
|Registry Technical Liaison||Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number||Marina del Rey, CA||Feb 01, 2012||$125,000|
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|Technical Liaison||IBM India Private Limited||Overland Park, KS||Jun 17, 2015||$61,050 -
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|Factory Network Liaison||Micron Technology, Inc.||Boise, ID||Sep 19, 2013||$58,500|
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