Social and Human Service Assistants1
Employment of social and human service assistants is expected to grow 16% by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work.
Much of the growth will be due to the needs of an aging population. An increase in number of older adults will cause growth in demand for social services. The elderly population often needs services such as adult day care and meal delivery. Social and human service assistants, who help find and provide these services, will be needed to meet this increased demand.
Community and Social Service Occupations2
As more people seek treatment for their addictions and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs rather than to jail, the result will be an increase in demand for community and social service occupations who work in treatment programs or work with people with addictions. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 14%, faster than the average for all occupations, and center around counselor and social worker occupations. Currently, the median annual salary for these community and social service occupations is $43,840.
- Human Service Worker
- Social Worker
- Case Work Aide
- Clinical Social Work Aide
- Family Service Assistant
- Social Work Assistant
- Addictions Counselor Assistant
- Public Health Educator
- Community Health Worker