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Working As A Resident

  • 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

  • $60,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident 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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How To Become A Resident

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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Certified Nursing Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Assistant Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Supervisor
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Fellow Consultant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Fellow Consultant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Fellow Consultant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Account Executive Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Staff Nurse Clinician
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Instructor Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Physician Office Manager Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Case Manager
Housing Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Adjunct Professor Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Executive Assistant Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Therapist
Targeted Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Counselor Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Therapist Program Supervisor
Assistant Program Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Medical Resident 2.3 years
Residential Worker 2.2 years
Resident Care Aide 2.0 years
Resident 2.0 years
Resident Advisor 1.6 years
Resident Aide 1.6 years
Resident Assistant 1.6 years
Chief Resident 1.5 years
Chaplain Resident 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Resident
Internship 22.3%
Cashier 10.5%
Volunteer 6.7%
Assistant 3.4%
Tutor 2.6%
Teacher 2.4%
Supervisor 2.4%
Instructor 2.2%
Top Careers After Resident
Fellow 10.5%
Internship 9.1%
Cashier 6.0%
Volunteer 5.5%
Physician 5.4%
Assistant 4.3%
Associate 3.5%
Consultant 3.4%
Instructor 3.3%

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Resident Demographics

Gender

Female

50.0%

Male

34.3%

Unknown

15.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

49.6%

French

10.0%

Arabic

5.1%

Chinese

4.7%

German

3.7%

Hindi

3.5%

Mandarin

3.4%

Russian

3.1%

Korean

2.4%

Portuguese

2.2%

Italian

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Urdu

1.7%

Gujarati

1.3%

Swedish

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Greek

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Croatian

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%
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Resident Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

University of South Carolina - Columbia

8.8%

New York University

8.3%

Howard University

5.8%

City College of New York of the City University of New York

5.6%

Nova Southeastern University

5.3%

Temple University

5.2%

The Academy

5.0%

Michigan State University

5.0%

University of Southern California

4.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.1%

Boston University

4.1%

Grand Valley State University

3.9%

Columbia University

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.7%

Kaplan University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.1%

Northeastern University

3.1%

Saint John's University - New York

3.0%

Texas State University

3.0%
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Majors

Medicine

15.1%

Business

10.8%

Nursing

10.8%

Psychology

7.0%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Advanced Dentistry And Oral Sciences

6.4%

Clinical Psychology

5.3%

Social Work

4.3%

Medical Assisting Services

4.3%

Health Care Administration

4.0%

Education

3.7%

Biology

3.6%

Public Health

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.6%

Nursing Assistants

2.4%

Veterinary Science

2.1%

Human Services

2.1%

Theology

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Communication

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

26.7%

Other

25.1%

Doctorate

16.8%

Masters

16.3%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

2.0%

License

0.5%
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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 Resident make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Resident in the United States is $60,151 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $39,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $91,000.

Real Resident Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Redwoods Resident Davita, Inc. Denver, CO Nov 08, 2016 $130,000
Redwoods Resident Davita, Inc. Malvern, PA Aug 16, 2016 $125,000
Veterinary Dermatology Resident Animal Dermatology Clinic Management Group, Inc. Tustin, CA Jul 03, 2016 $91,348
Veterinary Dermatology Resident Animal Dermatology Clinic Management Group, Inc. Tustin, CA Sep 11, 2015 $91,348
Veterinary Resident Animal Medical Center New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $84,023
Veterinary Resident The Animal Medical Center New York, NY Oct 09, 2016 $84,023
Hospital Resident Yale University West Haven, CT Jul 01, 2015 $79,700
Resident Partners Healthcare Boston, MA Jan 07, 2016 $77,316
Resident Partners Healthcare Boston, MA Jul 01, 2015 $75,800
Resident Partners Healthcare MA Jul 01, 2015 $75,800
Radiation Oncology Resident Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $75,431
Ophthalmology Resident Boston Medical Center Corporation Boston, MA Jul 02, 2015 $61,604
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital New Haven, CT Jun 22, 2016 $61,509
Gastroenterology Resident Allegheny General Hospital Pittsburgh, PA Jan 07, 2016 $61,310
Resident Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Jun 20, 2016 $61,210
Surgical Resident East Bay Foundation for Graduate Medical Education Reno, NV Jun 15, 2015 $61,152 -
$72,186
Surgical Resident East Bay Foundation for Graduate Medical Education Oakland, CA Jun 15, 2015 $61,152 -
$72,186
Resident Eastern Virginia Medical School Norfolk, VA Jan 07, 2016 $56,562
Orthopaedic Resident New York Society for Relief of Reptured and Crippled New York, NY Apr 15, 2015 $56,533
Resident Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jun 17, 2015 $56,510
Resident Duke University Health System Durham, NC Jan 07, 2016 $56,508
Psychiatry Resident Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jan 07, 2016 $56,429
Integrated Child Neurology Resident The Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas City, MO Jul 01, 2015 $56,330 -
$69,849

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Top Skills for A Resident

  1. Safe Environment
  2. Facility
  3. Surgical Procedures
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  • Trained new individuals on the proper procedures and handling of residents as well as maintaining a clean and safe environment.
  • Provided emotional and community support to current and previous in-house residents of the shelter facility.
  • Assist with and perform inpatient surgical procedures including operative care/management and aggressive limb salvage procedures.
  • Treated hospital emergency room patients for all after-hours emergency dental needs.
  • Engaged in full spectrum family practice including an emphasis on obstetrical and pediatric care in this unopposed residency program.

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