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Social and Human Service Assistant
Social and human service assistants help social workers, health care workers, and other professionals to provide services to people.
The Job
They assess clients' needs, investigate their eligibility for benefits and services such as food stamps, Medicaid, or welfare, and help to obtain them. They also arrange for transportation and escorts, if necessary, and provide emotional support.
Work Environment
Working conditions of social and human service assistants vary. Some work in offices, clinics, and hospitals, while others work in group homes, shelters, sheltered workshops, and day programs.
College Majors
work experience or education beyond high school.
Minimum Qualifications
A bachelor's degree is not required for most jobs in this occupation, but employers increasingly seek individuals with relevant work experience or education beyond high school.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Patience and understanding are also highly valued characteristics.
Quick Facts
  • A bachelor's degree usually is not required for these jobs, but employers increasingly seek individuals with relevant work experience or education beyond high school.
  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average for all occupations.
  • Job opportunities should be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education, but wages remain low.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of social and human service assistants were $27,280 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $21,860 and $34,590. The top 10 percent earned more than $43,510, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,900.
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