Human service assistants help social workers, healthcare workers and other professionals provide services to clients to improve their quality of life.
The generic term "human service assistant" covers an array of job titles within the field. Positions stem from the areas of human services, case management, gerontology, mental health, community outreach, social services, youth, client advocacy and other methods of lending assistance. An assistant often works closely with other professionals from fields including psychiatry, psychology and social work. While actual working conditions vary greatly, some assistants work in offices, clinics or hospitals, while others work in group homes, shelters or day programs.
Employment prospects for human services professionals are promising. Many positions require standard work hours of 8am-5pm, but hours vary from business to business. South Carolina growth trends indicate that programs and services for the elderly, disabled and families in crisis will expand, offering a range of employment opportunities in the human services field.
Human services workers ideally have a strong desire to help others, effective communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively. Some employers and positions may require a criminal background check.
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Date/Time Published:3/4/2015 2:47