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Become A Resident

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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

  • $61,821

    Average Salary

What Does A Resident Do

A Resident is a medical graduate engaged in specialized practice under supervision in a hospital. They record progress notes, perform procedures, and provide patients with care education.

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.


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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Business Office Manager
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Fellow Instructor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Manager
Career Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Fellow Research Associate Instructor
Case Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Case Manager Social Worker
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Project Manager Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Licensed Practical Nurse Career Manager
Health Care Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Direct Support Professional Registered Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Instructor Security Officer Direct Support Professional
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Mental Health Technician Social Worker
Social Services Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Program Coordinator Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director
Unit Director
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Resident Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • German

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Mandarin

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Japanese

  • Cantonese

  • Greek

  • Urdu

  • Hebrew

  • Croatian

  • Polish

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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 MA Jul 01, 2015 $75,800
Resident Partners Healthcare Boston, 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 San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $61,152 -
Surgical Resident East Bay Foundation for Graduate Medical Education Oakland, CA Jun 15, 2015 $61,152 -
Resident University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jul 01, 2015 $56,756
Psychiatry Resident Emory University Atlanta, GA Jan 07, 2016 $56,738
Resident Emory University Atlanta, GA Jun 02, 2015 $56,738
Psychiatry Resident Emory University Decatur, GA Jan 07, 2016 $56,738
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

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Top Skills for A Resident


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Top Resident Skills

  1. Facility
  2. ADL
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Verified facility security by inspecting plumbing, outside areas, locks and cells for potential hazards.
  • Document behaviors on ADL sheets.
  • Conduct needs assessment, check and record vital signs, intake and output.
  • Participate in all Emergency Situations of Residents to stabilize or transfer to higher acuity facility.
  • Issued cleaning supplies, comfort items, laundry and all basic meals.

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