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Become A Transition Specialist

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Working As A Transition 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

  • $44,741

    Average Salary

What Does A Transition Specialist Do At The Kennedy Center, Inc.

* Market to local employers to develop individualized employment opportunities.
* Develop relationships with area school personnel and transition coordinators to act as a liaison.
* Chair meetings as assigned with individuals, funding sources, schools and other agencies for development and implementation of service plan for each individual on caseload.
* Create and implement a wide range of community activities that foster growth and development for students with disabilities transitioning from school to adulthood.
* May serve as case manager for assigned individuals which may include: independent living skills training, vocational evaluation and training, leisure activities, crisis intervention and advocacy, community based assessments.
* Maintain accurate records in electronic case management system according to agency and CARF standards.
* Participate in agency job development/marketing meetings

What Does A Transition Specialist Do At Fairleigh Dickinson University

* representing the Program to prospective students, parents, the university community, and external constituents in a positive manner; new student recruitment; promotion of the Program to high school guidance counselor, principals, superintendents, and the Latino community; evaluation of students’ credential for admission; new student orientation; serving as a liaison between students and university departments; academic advising; assisting students with the non-academic challenges of adjustment to college life; and student retention.
* A high priority responsibility is assisting in the planning of strategic initiatives to enhance the student experience and to further the brand name of Fairleigh Dickinson University

What Does A Transition Specialist Do At Spurwink Services

* Typical duties include but are not limited to: In conjunction with the treatment team, provide families with information (ie.
* Transition Planning Checklist, Definition of Roles in the Transition Process, Transition Plan) about the transition process before the initial meeting; Develop a transition plan prior to each student's 16th birthday.
* Meet with team every six months to review progress with plan.
* Two years prior to graduation increase meetings to quarterly/monthly as recommended by the treatment team; and Update transition plans annually in conjunction with the IEP

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How To Become A Transition 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.


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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Transition Specialist Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Lithuanian

  • French

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Korean

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Real Transition Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business Transition Specialist Brink's, Incorporated Medley, FL Aug 12, 2015 $119,891
Transition Specialist IBM India Private Limited Piscataway, NJ Jul 21, 2016 $78,331 -
Transitions Specialist Marsh USA, Inc. Deerfield, IL Jan 11, 2010 $74,500
Transitions Specialist Mercer (Us), Inc. Deerfield, IL Jan 11, 2010 $74,500
Transitions Specialist Mercer (Us) Inc. Norwood, MA Mar 03, 2010 $69,514 -
Transition Specialist for Chinese Programs Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ Jun 15, 2012 $44,000

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Top Skills for A Transition Specialist


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Top Transition Specialist Skills

  1. Financial Advisors
  2. Compliance
  3. IEP
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain relationships with the firm's largest and most profitable branch managers while helping grow their businesses through acquiring financial advisors.
  • Achieved 100% compliance of cases assigned for implementation.
  • Provide for IEP accommodations/modifications at sites.
  • Develop and update ongoing Job Transition Plans outlining steps to employment, based on assessment results and overall progress with participants.
  • Transition High School Students with developmental disabilities into adulthood using various interventions, work based activities and developing positive life skills.

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