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Social and Human Service Assistants in California

May also be called: Advocates; Human Services Program Specialists; Mental Health Technicians; Addictions Counselor Assistants; Caseworkers; Independent Living Specialists; Activities of Daily Living Specialists; Case Managers; Family Development Specialists; Family Self-Sufficiency Specialists; Case Aides; Home Visitors; and Human Services Workers.

What Would I Do?

Social and Human Service Assistants provide many types of assistance to people in the community, from determining eligibility for welfare and health programs and counseling on child care to helping clients with physical and mental problems and those involved in drug and substance abuse.

Social and Human Service Assistants serve their clients in many different settings. They may work in offices, clinics, hospitals, group homes, shelters, sheltered workshops, and day programs.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Social and Human Service Assistant will appeal to those who enjoy activities that involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Social and Human Service Assistants in California is $36,593 annually, or $17.59 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Most employers provide medical, dental, vision, and life insurance as well as vacation and sick leave. Many employers also offer retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Social and Human Service Assistants with postsecondary education in a relevant field should find excellent job opportunities. The demand for social and human services, as well as the growing elderly population, will continue to fuel this rapid growth.

How Do I Qualify?

Social and Human Service Assistants generally need an associate’s degree in a related field and work or volunteer experience.

Finding a Job

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