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Social and Human Service Assistants

Social and Human Service Assistants
Quick Facts : Social and Human Service Assistants*
2010 Median Pay$28,200
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012384,200
Job Outlook28% (Faster than average)
Employment Change106,000


Social and human service assistants help people who are suffering or need additional support. They help other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services. Their services help diverse populations with a range of problems.

What Social and Human Service Assistants Do

  • Work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or others who have more education or experience
  • Help clients get help with daily activities, such as eating and bathing
  • Coordinate services provided to clients by their or other organizations
  • Research services available to their clients in their communities
  • Determine clients' eligibility for services such as food stamps and Medicaid

Work Environment

Social and human service assistants work for nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service agencies, and state and local governments. They generally work full time, and some work nights and weekends.
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Job Outlook

Employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to an increase in the elderly population and a rising demand for health care and social services.
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Pay

The average hourly wage of social and human service assistants was $13.56 in May 2010.
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Social and Human Service Assistants*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Social and Human Service Assistants

28200

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

29680.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Social and Human Service Assistants*
Percent Change in Employment

Social and Human Service Assistants

27.5898

Personal Care and Community Service Occupations

19.979913332245566

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Social and Human Service Assistants

A high school diploma is the minimum requirement, but some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. Certificates or associate's degrees in subjects such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or a social or behavioral science are common for workers entering this occupation.
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