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Become A Social Services Specialist

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Working As A Social Services Specialist

  • 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

  • $38,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Social Services Specialist Do

A Social Services Specialist provides social services to children and adults in communities, facilities, institutions, or hospitals. They develop and implement specialized treatment programs.

How To Become A Social Services Specialist

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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Social Services Specialist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    77.5%
  • Male

    20.4%
  • Unknown

    2.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.6%
  • Asian

    6.6%
  • Unknown

    1.1%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    62.2%
  • German

    6.7%
  • French

    6.7%
  • Japanese

    4.4%
  • Swahili

    2.2%
  • Mandarin

    2.2%
  • Vietnamese

    2.2%
  • Dutch

    2.2%
  • Cherokee

    2.2%
  • Russian

    2.2%
  • Hmong

    2.2%
  • Polish

    2.2%
  • Cantonese

    2.2%
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Real Social Services Specialist Salaries

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 -
$70,000
Social Service Specialist Catchafire, Inc. New York, NY Oct 15, 2014 $65,000 -
$70,000
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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Top Skills for A Social Services Specialist

ChildAbuseSocialServiceProgramsChildSafetyMentalHealthAgenciesLawEnforcementCrisisInterventionMedicaidCaseworkServicesCommunityResourcesProtectiveServicesCourtHearingsIntakeCourtReportsCustomerServiceCommunityPartnersChildProtectiveSubstanceAbuseDischargePlanningChildVictimsServicePlans

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Top Social Services Specialist Skills

  1. Child Abuse
  2. Social Service Programs
  3. Child Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Evaluate and assess the validity of child abuse/neglect complaints in coordination with Law Enforcement Agency (LEA).
  • Manage a caseload requiring both broad and specialized knowledge of all social service programs.
  • Referred family members to identified community resources and monitored child safety in and out of care.
  • Provided regional support of County mental health agencies responsible for consumer mental health services.
  • Participated in investigations w/ Law Enforcement as determined by Child Abuse Protocol.

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