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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 Latino9.8%
Black or African American0.8%
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Boise State University14.9%
Idaho State University9.9%
University of Phoenix9.7%
University of Idaho6.3%
Grand Canyon University5.0%
University of Nevada - Las Vegas3.8%
University of Missouri - Columbia3.6%
Brigham Young University - Idaho3.4%
University of Central Oklahoma2.9%
Northwest Nazarene University2.9%
Northeastern State University2.7%
Florida State University2.7%
Southern New Hampshire University2.7%
University of Oklahoma2.7%
Eastern Washington University2.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Rehabilitation Specialist, Dental||Monica S Borris DDS PC||Lakewood, CO||Jan 06, 2016||$133,973|
|Acquisition & Rehabilitation Specialist||Related Companies of California||Irvine, CA||Oct 16, 2010||$89,000|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||American Manpower Resource Provider, Inc.||NY||Jul 29, 2013||$78,075|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Axis Point Alternative Solutions, Inc.||NY||Jul 29, 2013||$78,075|
|Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist||Creoks Mental Health Services, Inc.||Claremore, OK||Oct 01, 2012||$70,720|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Top Rehab, Inc.||NY||Sep 17, 2013||$65,000|
|Athletic Trainer/Rehabilitation Specialist||Soho Strength Lab Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 30, 2016||$65,000|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Top Rehab, Inc.||NY||Sep 20, 2013||$65,000|
|Osteopathic Rehabilitation Specialist||Wombat Global Consulting||Orlando, FL||Feb 15, 2016||$64,384|
|Foot Rehabilitation Specialist||Mika Hayashi DPM, PC||New York, NY||Jun 23, 2014||$63,069|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Plattsburgh Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, P.C.||Monticello, NY||Jan 15, 2014||$63,000|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Coalinga State Hospital||Coalinga, CA||May 17, 2011||$61,898|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Coalinga State Hospital||Coalinga, CA||Feb 07, 2011||$61,898|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||North Shore Medical Rehabilitation PC||NY||Sep 10, 2015||$45,000|
|Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist||Maximus Counseling Inc.||Oklahoma City, OK||Oct 03, 2014||$45,000|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Prime Leaders Health Services, Inc.||Springfield, NY||Mar 09, 2016||$44,512|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Community Connections, Inc.||Washington, DC||Jun 11, 2014||$43,290|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Community Connections, Inc.||Washington, DC||Dec 18, 2014||$43,146|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Plattsburgh Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, P.C.||Monticello, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$41,740|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Global Health Services, LLC||NY||Sep 28, 2012||$41,740|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Medical Dynamic Systems, Inc.||Scarsdale, NY||Oct 01, 2015||$41,600|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Isaac Group LLC||Gowanda, NY||Nov 30, 2011||$38,610|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Isaac Group LLC||Liberty, NY||Sep 15, 2012||$38,610|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Isaac Group LLC||Liberty, NY||Nov 30, 2011||$38,610|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Isaac Group LLC||Gowanda, NY||Oct 01, 2012||$38,610|
|Home Rehabilitation Specialist||Northeast Denver Housing Center Inc.||Denver, CO||May 16, 2013||$38,463|
|Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist||Mental Wellness Centers, Inc.||Idaho Falls, ID||Sep 18, 2016||$38,004|
|Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist||Mental Wellness Centers, Inc.||Idaho Falls, ID||Sep 18, 2013||$38,004|
|Rehabilitation Specialist||Community Connections, Inc.||Washington, DC||May 01, 2010||$38,000|
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