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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in Ohio

Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and largest city is Columbus.

There are currently 7,830 jobs for social services assistants in Ohio and this is projected to grow by 34% to 10,460 jobs by 2016. 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.

Income for social services assistants is about $12 per hour or $25,410 per year on average in Ohio. Nationally, their income is about $13 hourly or $27,280 annually. Incomes for social services assistants are not quite as good as in the overall category of Social Work and Community Services in Ohio, and not quite as good as the overall Social Work and Community Services category nationally. Jobs in this field include: job opportunity specialist, social worker, and discharge planner.

In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. About 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist attractions include the Columbus Historical Society, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Central Ohio Fire Museum.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Ohio


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 Ohio 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: Ohio

Ohio
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Ohio has a population of 11,542,645, which has grown by 1.67% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Buckeye State," Ohio's capital and most populous city is Columbus. In 2008, there were a total of 6,819,050 jobs in Ohio. The average annual income was $35,889 in 2008, up from $35,174 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Ohio was 10.2% in 2009, which has grown by 3.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.1% of Ohio residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Ohio include fabricated metal product manufacturing, soap detergent manufacturing, and forging. Notable tourist destinations include the Columbus Museum of Art, the Columbus Jewish Historical, and the COSI.