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Career and Education Opportunities for Social Services Assistants in Washington

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its biggest city is Seattle.

About 6,290 people are currently employed as social services assistants in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow 31% to 8,230 people employed. 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.

Social services assistants earn approximately $13 hourly or $28,080 per year on average in Washington. Nationally they average about $13 hourly or $27,280 yearly. Social services assistants earn less than people working in the category of Social Work and Community Services generally in Washington and less than people in the Social Work and Community Services category nationally. Social services assistants work in a variety of jobs, including: community development worker, shelter advocate, and house visitor.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the History House, the Last Resort Fire Department, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.

CITIES WITH Social Services Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


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 Washington 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: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.