Social and Human Service Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+16.8% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Social and Human Service Assistants Do

Assist 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.

Other Job Titles Social and Human Service Assistants May Have

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

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Returned Citizen Advocate ,

The Last Mile

When someone is released from prison and reaches out to us, they will be added to my case load. Then I reach out to them to discuss their goals. I help them set up a plan and get resumes together. I'll help them learn various digital skills as well. My focus is connecting with people and helping them successfully move onto the next part of their lives.

Project Manager ,

Federation for Children with Special Needs

I use my own experience as an immigrant parent to help other immigrant parents navigate systems. I improve the materials that the organization uses to education families. Immigrant parents especially need the context involved with a situation rather than just the information. So when helping them navigate a specific system, I'll break down each step, give context, and build trust. I also supervise a team of four employees who are working to do similar things.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Assess clients' cognitive abilities and physical and emotional needs to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Develop and implement behavioral management and care plans for clients.
  • Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
  • Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures.
  • Submit reports and review reports or problems with superior.

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