Social and Human Service Assistant

Social and Human Service Assistant

What is a Social and Human Service Assistant?

A Social and Human Service Assistant is an employee who works under the supervision of professionals, such as social workers, psychologists or program directors. They assist in identifying the needs of individual clients or groups, and in locating and providing services to fill those needs. Depending upon their employment setting, Social and Human Service Assistants may be known by a number of different titles. Most common are Family Service Assistants, Addictions Counselor Assistants, Social Work Assistants, Human Service Workers, Clinical Social Work Aides, or Case Work Aides. 

Job Responsibilities of Social and Human Service Assistants

The day-to-day tasks that Social and Human Service Assistants are responsible for depends largely on the type of position they hold and the type of organization in which they work. However, there are some general duties that most will be expected to perform as a function of their employment. These may include: 

  • Helping to determine what forms of aid a client or group may need. 
  • Working with clients and other professionals to develop treatment/assistance plans 
  • Locating and researching resources and services that are available to clients, such as housing assistance, nutrition assistance and medical assistance, for example. 
  • Aid clients in finding appropriate assistance with daily activities – personal care, transportation or household tasks, for instance. 
  • Coordinating client services. 
  • Helping clients fill out paperwork and apply for assistance programs. 
  • Following up with clients to ensure that appropriate services and assistance are provided. 

Common Employment Settings for Social and Human Service Assistants

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the largest employers of social and human service managers are as follows: individual and family services, nursing and residential care facilities, local government, excluding education and hospitals, religious, grant making, civic, professional, and similar organizations, and community and vocational rehabilitation services.  

Social and community service managers work for non-profit organizations, for-profit social service companies, and government agencies. They also work in a variety of settings, including offices, clinics, hospitals, and shelters. 

Social and Human Service Assistant: Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

BLS explains that it has based that projection on factors that include a growing elderly population, which is expected to lead an increasing demand for social services like adult daycare and meal delivery. Since these and many other services geared towards older adults are typically arranged by Social and Human Service Assistants, more of these workers will be employed to attend to these needs. 

Another factor expected to spur job growth is an increase in the demand for addiction treatment services. More people are expected to seek treatment for their addictions in the coming years, and a greater number of individuals arrested for drug offenses are being sent to treatment programs as an alternative to jail. Rising demand for addiction services means a rising demand for Social and Human Service Assistants to work in the addiction field. 

Becoming a Social and Human Service Assistant

While entering the workforce as a Social and Human Service Assistant with a high school education and on the job training was once common, most employers in the field today prefer entry-level candidates to have an associate degree in Human and Social Services or a related field. Bryant & Stratton College offers an excellent, career-focused Human & Social Services Associate Degree program for students who are interested in becoming qualified for these positions. 

What Can I Do With My Degree? 

By earning Bryant & Stratton’s Human & Social Services Associate Degree, you become qualified to take your first steps in building a career as a Human and Social Services professional by pursuing entry-level jobs in the field. Positions you can pursue with Social and Human Service Assistant credentials include Community and Social Services Specialist, Crisis Intervention Associate, Recreation Worker and Community Health Worker, among many others. Completing the Human & Social Services Associate Degree program also leaves you well-positioned to continue your education to bachelor’s or master’s level degrees, opening the doors for career advancement. 

Additional Training/Requirements 

Most employers/employment settings require that candidates for Social and Human Service Assistant positions undergo criminal background checks and drug screening tests. Most entry-level employees in this position will be required to complete a brief period of on the job training after being hired as a condition of continued employment. Some employers require that candidates have some work experience in the field, a standard that can be met with paid employment, internships or volunteer work in most cases. 

For further career insights related to the Social and Human Services field, please visit the degree insights section on the Bryant & Stratton College blog. 

While these projections can help career-minded people evaluate potential employment fields, it is important to note that job market data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook is only intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities. It should not be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. Neither BLS nor Bryant & Stratton College can guarantee employment in any field.

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