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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in Texas

Texas has a population of 24,782,302, which has grown by 18.85% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," its capital is Austin, though its most populous city is Houston.

There are currently 18,390 working social services assistants in Texas; this should grow 16% to 21,290 working social services assistants in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as 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.

Income for social services assistants is about $11 per hour or $24,770 per year on average in Texas. Nationally, their income is about $13 per hour or $27,280 per year. Earnings for social services assistants are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Social Work and Community Services in Texas 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: correctional case manager, welfare visitor, and social contact worker.

In 2008, there were a total of 14,469,900 jobs in Texas. The average annual income was $37,809 in 2008, up from $36,838 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Texas was 7.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.2% of Texas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Texas include petroleum products merchant wholesalers, petroleum products merchant wholesalers (except bulk stations), and other basic organic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Children's Museum of Houston, the Art Car Museum, and the APT Galerie d' Art.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Texas


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 Texas 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: Texas

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Texas has a population of 24,782,302, which has grown by 18.85% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Lone Star State," its capital is Austin, though its biggest city is Houston. In 2008, there were a total of 14,469,900 jobs in Texas. The average annual income was $37,809 in 2008, up from $36,838 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Texas was 7.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 23.2% of Texas residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Texas include petroleum products merchant wholesalers, petroleum products merchant wholesalers (except bulk stations), and other basic organic chemical manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the APT Galerie d' Art, the Art Car Museum, and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum.