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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.
Hispanic or Latino12.2%
Black or African American0.6%
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Average Length of Employment
University of Phoenix18.2%
Michigan State University5.5%
Grand Canyon University5.2%
Iowa State University4.7%
Pennsylvania State University4.5%
Southern New Hampshire University4.1%
West Virginia University3.8%
Grand Valley State University3.7%
Middle Tennessee State University3.7%
Miami Dade College3.5%
Brigham Young University3.5%
University of Central Florida3.5%
University of North Carolina at Greensboro3.4%
Georgia State University3.4%
Texas A&M University3.4%
Florida State University3.4%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|PLM Works Manager||Oceaneering International Inc.||Houston, TX||Aug 01, 2010||$117,000|
|Religious Worker||Saint Lucy's Church||New York, NY||Sep 17, 2010||$62,610|
|Religious Worker (Missionary Scholar-In-Residence)||Houghton College||Houghton, NY||Aug 01, 2009||$62,485|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Jesus for Life Church||CA||Jan 28, 2013||$43,285|
|Religious Workers, All Other||The First Evangelical Church of New Jersey||Bogota, NJ||Jul 07, 2010||$43,000|
|Religious Workers, All Other||First Korean Presbyterian Church In America||Little Ferry, NJ||Dec 01, 2010||$41,823|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Joyful Church of New York||NY||Jan 04, 2011||$39,862|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Emmanuel Mission Church of Ny||NY||Feb 08, 2011||$39,862|
|Religious Worker, All Other||Il-Kwan-Do Hong-In Bub-Dan||NY||Aug 25, 2010||$39,048|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Lord Jesus Love Presbyterian Church||Ridgefield, NJ||Apr 29, 2011||$37,921|
|Religious Worker||Saint Lucy's Church||New York, NY||Jul 27, 2011||$37,921|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Green Pastures Presbyterian Church||Paramus, NJ||May 06, 2011||$37,921|
|Religious Worker||Saint Lucy's Church||New York, NY||Jan 07, 2011||$37,921|
|Religious Workers, All Other||New York Mission Church of C & Ma||NY||Apr 18, 2011||$37,921|
|Pact Worker I||Vinfen Corporation||MA||Jan 05, 2010||$36,828|
|Pact Worker I||Vinfen Corporation||MA||Apr 26, 2010||$36,828|
|Supervised Independent Living Worker||Boysville of Michigan, Inc.||Redford, MI||Sep 01, 2015||$35,131|
|Religious Workers, All Other||New Life Fellowship Church, Inc.||Deerfield Beach, FL||Oct 23, 2012||$34,091|
|Religious Workers, All Other||BUL Kwang Sa, Inc.||Tappan, NY||Feb 25, 2010||$32,724|
|Religious Workers||America SEVA International||Schenectady, NY||Mar 24, 2009||$32,724|
|MAB Works Manager||MAB Community Services, Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 30, 2011||$32,000|
|Supervised Independent Living Worker||Holy Cross Children's Services||Redford, MI||May 06, 2015||$29,286|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Manhattan Korean Presbyterian Church||New York, NY||Dec 05, 2007||$29,093|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Il-Kwan-Do Hong-In Bub-Dan||NY||Jan 22, 2009||$29,093|
|Religious Worker||Evergreen Church of New York||NY||Aug 21, 2009||$29,093|
|Religious Workers, All Other||The Gate of Heaven Church||Palisades Park, NJ||Sep 21, 2009||$29,093|
|Clubhouse Worker||Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.||Boston, MA||Sep 10, 2012||$27,423|
|Religious Workers, All Other||Victory Church of Jesus Christ, Inc.||NY||Nov 02, 2012||$27,290|
|Religious Workers, All Other||The Eunhae Presbyterian Church||NY||Jan 03, 2011||$26,755|
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