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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its most populous city is Manchester.

About 1,480 people are currently employed as social services assistants in New Hampshire. By 2016, this is expected to grow 49% to about 2,200 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. Social services assistants generally 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.

The income of a social services assistant is about $11 per hour or $24,810 yearly on average in New Hampshire. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $13 per hour or $27,280 yearly on average. Earnings for social services assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Social Work and Community Services in New Hampshire and not quite as good as general Social Work and Community Services category earnings nationally. People working as social services assistants can fill a number of jobs, such as: discharge planner, home visitor, and addictions counselor assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist destinations include the Tri, the Manchester Historic Association, and the See.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN New Hampshire


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 New Hampshire 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: New Hampshire

New Hampshire
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New Hampshire has a population of 1,324,575, which has grown by 7.18% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Granite State," its capital is Concord, though its biggest city is Manchester. In 2008, there were a total of 857,040 jobs in New Hampshire. The average annual income was $43,423 in 2008, up from $42,665 the previous year. The unemployment rate in New Hampshire was 6.3% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 28.7% of New Hampshire residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in New Hampshire include retail trade, motor vehicle dealers, and automobile dealers. Notable tourist attractions include the Tri, the Queen City Speedway, and the See.