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Social/Human Service Assistant

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High school (GED) +

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What They Do

Social and Human Service Assistants Career Video

About This Career

Assists other social and human service providers in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

This career is part of the Human Services cluster Family and Community Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Assesses clients' cognitive abilities and physical and emotional needs to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Develops and implements behavioral management and care plans for clients.
  • Keeps records or prepares reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
  • Visits individuals in homes or attends group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures.
  • Submits reports and reviews reports or problems with superior.
  • Interviews individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or drug history.
  • Provides information or refers individuals to public or private agencies or community services for assistance.
  • Advises clients regarding food stamps, child care, food, money management, sanitation, or housekeeping.
  • Oversees day-to-day group activities of residents in institution.
  • Meets with youth groups to acquaint them with consequences of delinquent acts.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Advocate
  • Social Work Associate
  • Addictions Counselor Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Residential Care Assistant
  • Social Services Aide
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Social Worker Assistant


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