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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in Minnesota

Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its most populous city is Minneapolis.

Currently, 18,280 people work as social services assistants in Minnesota. This is expected to grow by 34% to 24,560 people by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for social services assistants are expected to grow by about 22.6%. 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 $12 hourly or $26,700 yearly on average in Minnesota and about $13 per hour or $27,280 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for social services assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Social Work and Community Services in Minnesota and not quite as good as general Social Work and Community Services category earnings nationally. Social services assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: probation officer, neighborhood coordinator, and food management aide.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Approximately 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist attractions include the Hennepin History Museum, the Bill & Bonnie Daniels Firefighters Hall & Museum, and the Golden Wings Museum.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Minnesota


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 Minnesota 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Minnesota

Minnesota
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Minnesota has a population of 5,266,214, which has grown by 7.05% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "North Star State," its capital is Saint Paul, though its largest city is Minneapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,567,295 jobs in Minnesota. The average annual income was $42,953 in 2008, up from $41,693 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Minnesota was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.6% since the previous year. Roughly 27.4% of Minnesota residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Minnesota include medical, dental, and hospital equipment merchant wholesalers, general-line grocery merchant wholesalers, and real estate credit. Notable tourist destinations include the Hennepin History Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Fridley Historical Society Museum.