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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.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Health and Social Services Specialist||Golden Hills Healthcare Services, Inc.||Burbank, CA||Nov 24, 2015||$92,266|
|Community and Social Service Specialist, All Others||Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 12, 2010||$80,000|
|Social & Community Service Specialist||New Vision Youth Community Center||Glenside, PA||Dec 09, 2014||$69,992|
|Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other*||Hana Mission||Paterson, NJ||Sep 25, 2014||$68,619|
|Social Service Specialist||Catchafire, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2014||$65,000 -
|Social Service Specialist||Catchafire, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 15, 2014||$65,000 -
|Social Service Specialist||Catchafire, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$55,452|
|Community & Social Services Specialist||Clues-Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio||Saint Paul, MN||Jan 25, 2008||$55,122|
|Social Service Specialist||Catchafire, Inc.||New York, NY||Oct 01, 2011||$54,930|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Multicultural Community Servivces, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Feb 04, 2013||$53,657|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Multicultural Community Servivces, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Oct 05, 2011||$53,657|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Multicultural Community Services, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Mar 23, 2013||$52,530|
|Community & Social Service Specialist||Multicultural Community Servivces, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Mar 23, 2011||$52,374|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Multicultural Community Servivces, Inc.||Edison, NJ||Mar 23, 2011||$52,374|
|Social Services Specialist||Asperger's Association of New England||Watertown Town, MA||Oct 01, 2014||$46,350|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||American Business Institute Corp||NY||Sep 05, 2015||$45,914|
|Social Services Specialist II||Baycare Health System, Inc.||Tampa, FL||Jun 01, 2015||$45,718|
|Community & Social Service Specialist||American Friends Service Committee||Newark, NJ||Mar 30, 2010||$45,705|
|Community and Social Services Specialist, Other||Westchester Housing Fund Inc.||Hawthorne, NY||May 16, 2011||$45,000|
|Community & Social Service Specialist/Program Assistant||Research Foundation of Cuny||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$43,055|
|Community and Social Service Specialists/Program Assistant||Research Foundation of Cuny||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$43,055|
|Community & Social Service Specialist/Program Assistant||Research Foundation of Cuny||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$43,013|
|Social Services Specialist||County of Gwinnett Health Department||Lawrenceville, GA||Sep 04, 2012||$35,194|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||American Jewish Committee||Los Angeles, CA||Apr 06, 2009||$33,488|
|Social Worker/Consumer-Directed Service Specialist||Paraquad, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Mar 22, 2016||$33,218|
|Social Worker/Consumer Directed Service Specialist||Paraquad, Inc.||Saint Louis, MO||Apr 15, 2014||$32,968|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Comminity Action Development Corp of Bethlehem||Bethlehem, PA||Feb 24, 2010||$32,682|
|Community and Social Service Specialist||Chabad of Rego Park/Corona Inc.||NY||May 23, 2011||$32,552|
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