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Community and Social Services Careers | Social / Human Service Assistant

Social / Human Service Assistant

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Assists with identifying and arranging community services for clients. Works with social workers and other human services professionals. Helps with rehabilitation for people with disabilities or those in recovery, or coordinates home care services for the elderly; may also coordinate housing or job training assistance for immigrants, veterans, former inmates or families in crisis.

Job Outlook

There were 1442 Social / Human Service Assistant job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 51575 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Social / Human Service Assistant industry, which includes the Social / Human Service Assistant career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Social / Human Service Assistant jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $38,852.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $37,841.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Social / Human Service Assistant postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $31,419.

Education and Experience

Posted Social / Human Service Assistant jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree7%
Bachelor's Degree30%
Master's Degree13%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other49%

Posted Social / Human Service Assistant jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years69%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Social / Human Service Assistant positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (34%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (19%)
  • Planning (18%)
  • Computer Literacy (17%)
  • Organizational Skills (17%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Case Management (29%)
  • Social Services (25%)
  • Mental Health (19%)
  • Crisis Intervention (12%)
  • Health and Human Services (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Customer Service (16%)
  • Scheduling (14%)
  • Psychology (12%)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) (9%)
  • Data Entry (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Mental Illness (6%)
  • Criminal Justice (6%)
  • Discharge Planning (6%)
  • Developmental Disabilities (5%)
  • Social Work (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Social / Human Service Assistant skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Care Coordinator
  • Social Services Assistant
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Community Support Specialist

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Social / Human Service Assistant jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • The Mentor Network (791)
  • State South Carolina (598)
  • UnitedHealth Group (475)
  • Living Healthy (418)
  • Salvation Army (409)

North Carolina

  • Rha Health Services (71)
  • State North Carolina (59)
  • North Carolina Department Of Justice (56)
  • Community Care Of North Carolina Inc (33)
  • University of North Carolina (31)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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