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Become A Program Assistant

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Working As A Program Assistant

  • 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

  • $36,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Program Assistant Do

A Program Assistant provides assistance in support of one or more programs for a non-profit organization, such as fundraising, budgeting, and community outreach. They assist with financial management, and recruit and supervise the members of the team.

How To Become A Program Assistant

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.


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. 


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.


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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Program Assistant Career Paths

Program Assistant
Case Manager Program Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Teacher Assistant Director Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Account Manager Billing Specialist
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager Specialist
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Program Director Operations Director Chief Operating Officer
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Programming Specialist Program Coordinator Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Director Service Director
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Director Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Assistant Project Manager Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Office Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Administrator Sales Consultant Leasing Consultant
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Operations Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Program Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Italian

  • Korean

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Urdu

  • Hebrew

  • Tagalog

  • Greek

  • Hmong

  • Czech

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Real Program Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Program Assistant Alaska Inc. Medley, FL Apr 17, 2015 $58,707
Education Program Assistant Mississippi College Clinton, MS Dec 20, 2010 $53,678
Environmental Health and Safety Program Assistant Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA May 14, 2012 $51,000
MBA Program Assistant Montclair State University Montclair, NJ Dec 17, 2012 $49,483
Program Assistant Global Sport Solutions, LLC Newnan, GA Apr 04, 2016 $46,728
Program Assistant New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $45,000
Program Assistant Long Island University New York, NY Sep 15, 2009 $45,000
Program Assistant Georgetown University Washington, DC Jul 18, 2011 $44,616
Program Assistant, Department of Psychology Kean University Union, NJ Feb 16, 2013 $43,292
Program Assistant American Geophysical Union Washington, DC Sep 01, 2010 $43,200
Program Assistant United States Institute of Peace Washington, DC Nov 15, 2009 $42,584
Program Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Jun 18, 2010 $41,974
Program Assistant for Big Ideas Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX Apr 01, 2015 $41,740
GIS Program Assistant/Catographer Transit Realty Associates, LLC Boston, MA Dec 27, 2010 $41,385
Program Assistant for International Affairs American Planning Association Washington, DC Jun 18, 2015 $39,229
Program Assistant Smartpower, Inc. Tempe, AZ Nov 01, 2011 $39,208
Program Assistant, Office of The President Inter-American Dialogue Washington, DC Jan 05, 2016 $38,500
Program Assistant, Department of Psychology Kean University Union, NJ Feb 16, 2010 $38,487
Program Assistant-New Teacher Support System Boston Public Schools Boston, MA Oct 01, 2010 $38,244
Program Assistant Fund for The City of New York, Inc. New York, NY Oct 13, 2014 $37,566
Program Assistant Fund for The City of New York, Inc. New York, NY Oct 06, 2014 $37,566
Program Assistant New York State Health Foundation New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $37,000
Program Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Feb 06, 2010 $33,717
Legal Program Assistant City of Atlanta-Office of The City Solicitor Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2011 $33,397
Program Assistant The World Justice Project Washington, DC Sep 29, 2010 $33,280
Program Assistant Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA Apr 01, 2016 $33,058
Program Assistant U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. Ellicott City, MD Apr 01, 2016 $33,058
Program Assistant Wynona's House Child Advocacy Center Newark, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $32,500
Program Assistant U.K. Elite Soccer, Inc. Seattle, WA Apr 01, 2016 $32,495

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Top Skills for A Program Assistant


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Top Program Assistant Skills

  1. Data Entry
  2. Administrative Assistance
  3. Safe Environment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed employer correspondence, data entry, and job research.
  • Provided daily administrative assistance to C.E.O.
  • Maintained a healthy and safe environment for the children and made sure that only permitted people came to visit the children.
  • Attended training classes to maintain up to date knowledge of the child care field.
  • Maintained financial reports for $120 million operation representing 516 churches.

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