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Social and Human Services Assistants 

What Social and Human Service Assistants Do

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. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Work Environment

Many social and human service assistants work for nonprofit organizations, for-profit social service agencies, and state and local governments. They generally work full time, and some work nights and weekends.

How to Become a Social and Human Service Assistant

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training.


The median annual wage for social and human service assistants was $33,120 in May 2017.

Job Outlook Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 16 percent by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services is expected to drive demand for these workers. Job opportunities are expected to be good.