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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 Latino11.6%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix13.2%
George Washington University6.5%
George Mason University5.7%
New York University4.9%
University of Maryland - University College4.7%
University of Washington4.7%
Florida State University4.0%
University of Central Florida3.8%
Michigan State University3.7%
West Virginia University3.7%
Virginia Commonwealth University3.5%
Southern New Hampshire University3.5%
University of Southern California3.4%
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|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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