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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in Arizona

Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and most populous city is Phoenix.

About 3,490 people are currently employed as social services assistants in Arizona. By 2016, this is expected to grow 45% to 5,060 people employed. This is better than the national trend for social services assistants, which sees this job pool growing by about 22.6% over the next eight years. In general, social services assistants assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families.

A person working as a social services assistant can expect to earn about $13 per hour or $27,930 per year on average in Arizona and about $13 per hour or $27,280 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services, people working as social services assistants in Arizona earn less. They earn less than people working in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services nationally. Jobs in this field include: case aide, social contact worker, and neighborhood aide.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. About 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum, and the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Arizona


JOB DESCRIPTION: Social Services Assistant

Social Services Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, social services assistants assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. They also may assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them.

Every day, social services assistants are expected to be able to articulate ideas and problems. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Arizona include:

  • Child and Family Services Worker. Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist single parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers on how to deal with problem children.
  • Medical Social Worker. Provide persons, families, or vulnerable populations with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, cancer, or AIDS. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making necessary referrals for other social services.
  • Mental Health Counselor. Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health. May help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.
  • Mental Health Social Worker. Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and education.
  • Probation Officer. Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
  • Substance Abuse Specialist. Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Arizona

Arizona
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Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and biggest city is Phoenix. In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of History, and the Heard Museum.