Social and Human Service Assistants
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Most employers require applicants to have some education beyond high school. Work experience may also be required. Sometimes summer jobs or volunteer positions lead to permanent work. Some employers hire student interns after they complete their degree.
Social and human service assistants who work in group homes may be required to have a valid driver's license. They may also be required to pass a background check.
Employers look for applicants with good communication and time management skills. Employers also look for applicants who are patient, supportive, and encouraging.
Social and human service assistants may advance to other positions in their agency. They may advance to dealing with more difficult cases or have larger caseloads. Those who have good organizational skills may become managers or supervisors. Attending in-service training, such as seminars and workshops, is a good way to acquire skills needed for advancement.
Assistants may also advance to other occupations that involve counseling. For example, they may become social workers, counselors, or psychologists. However, a master's degree is usually required for these positions. Some employers may pay for assistants to take classes.
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