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Occupational Report for Social and Human Service Assistants (21-1093) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care. Excludes "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053), "Personal Care Aides" (39-9021), and "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061).

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Social and Human Service Assistants
Employment Outlook for Social and Human Service Assistants
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Social and Human Service Assistants There are 233 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
(CL 2385) Social Support Liaison 9/18/14 Beaverton $17.72/hr to $22.49/hr
Outreach & Clinical Supervisor, Homebase (InAct) 9/18/14 Portland $43,630/yr to $48,048/yr DOE
Outreach and Enrollment Specialist 9/18/14 Klamath Falls $14.24/hr to $15.53/hr DOE
Assistant Professor/Associate Professor 9/18/14 Portland
PAS Resource Specialist 9/18/14 Portland
PAS Specialist - Relief 9/18/14 Portland
PAS Specialist - Relief 9/18/14 Portland
Member Navigator, Community 9/18/14 Portland
Home Visitor for Healthy Families or Outreach 9/17/14 Salem $14.00/hr
Bilingual Home Visitor 9/17/14 Salem $14.00/hr
Residential Associate I (Swing, Milwaukie) 9/17/14 Milwaukie $11.25/hr to $13.50/hr DOE
PM RELIEF/REPLCMNT 9/17/14 Prospect
Resident Assistants, Senior Living Community (Pacific View Senior Living Community, Bandon, OR) 9/17/14 Bandon
Dietary Assistants, Senior Living Community (Pacific View Senior Living Community, Bandon, OR) 9/17/14 Bandon
Life Enrichment Specialist (Kids Programs) #2014-2690 9/17/14 Portland DOE
Facility Monitor - Job #1689 9/16/14 Cornelius $11.55/hr to $13.00/hr DOE
Transitional Living Program Case Worker 9/16/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Crisis Advocate 9/16/14 Enterprise $13.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Economic Empowerment Specialist 9/16/14 Portland
Behavioral Health Care Advocate - License Required - Tigard, OR 9/16/14 Tigard
Klamath Falls Direct Support Professional Residential Graveyard Full Time 9/16/14 Klamath Falls
Brookings Program Coordinator Full Time 9/16/14 Gold Beach
Member Support Specialist 9/16/14 Bend
Life Enrichment Specialist (Adult Programs) 2014-2683 9/16/14 Milwaukie
Life Enrichment Specialist (Adult Programs) 2014-2682 9/16/14 Junction City
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Job Openings from the Web for Social and Human Service Assistants The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 319 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Mental Health Security Technician (Junction City) 9/17/14 Junction City State of Oregon
Resident Specialist (PT) 9/17/14 Portland Home Forward
Assistant Professor/Associate Professor 9/17/14 Portland Oregon Health & Science University
Social Service Specialist 1 (Junction City) 9/17/14 Junction City State of Oregon
Residential Counselor Rel 9/16/14 Portland Volunteers of America Oregon
Peer Support Specialist - job #1678 9/16/14 Milwaukie
Service Coordinator 1 - Job #1673 9/16/14 Hillsboro
Transitional Living Program Case Worker 9/16/14 Klamath Falls
Member Navigator Community 9/16/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
Dietary Assistants Senior Living Community (Pacific View Senior Living Community Bandon OR) 9/16/14 Bandon Seasons Management
Resident Assistants Senior Living Community (Pacific View Senior Living Community Bandon OR) 9/16/14 Bandon Seasons Management
Relocation Specialist - Limited Term 9/16/14 Portland Home Forward
Education Program Assistant 1 9/16/14 Roseburg Oregon State University
Direct Support Professional On Call 9/16/14 Klamath Falls The Mentor Network
Human Services Specialist 1 (Clerical Support/One Position) 9/16/14 Roseburg State of Oregon
Public Service Representative 4 (Medicare Buy-In Specialist) 9/16/14 Salem State of Oregon
Human Services Specialist 1 (EBT Issuer) 9/16/14 Salem State of Oregon
VICTIM ASSISTANCE SPECIALIST Bilingual- Restitution & U Visa Victim Advocate 9/15/14 Hillsboro Washington County
Energy Assistance Intake Worker - Seasonal 9/15/14 La Pine
Energy Assistance Intake Worker - Seasonal 9/15/14 Redmond
Energy Assistance Intake Worker - Seasonal 9/15/14
Energy Assistance Intake Worker - Seasonal 9/15/14 Bend
Permit Technician - Community Development Department 9/15/14 Deschutes County Personnel Department
Client Service Coordinator 9/15/14 Beaverton Banfield The Pet Hospital
Technical Assistant Behavioral Specialist 7.25 Hrs/Day (.9375 FTE) Part Time Permanent 9/15/14 Milwaukie North Clackamas Schools
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State of Oregon License Information for Social and Human Service Assistants No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Social and Human Service Assistants
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $9.84 $11.13 $14.11 $17.46 $21.53 $14.85 $30,894
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 10.18 11.23 13.54 16.50 20.26 14.39 29,931
Multnomah / Washington 10.06 11.11 13.41 16.62 20.26 14.30 29,735
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 10.14 12.15 16.30 18.92 22.33 16.07 33,422
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 9.59 11.86 15.82 19.86 24.40 16.35 34,009
Lane 9.67 10.75 13.32 16.86 20.75 14.35 29,845
Douglas 9.23 9.79 13.45 16.92 21.35 14.28 29,695
Jackson / Josephine 9.50 10.94 15.49 17.55 21.26 14.97 31,142
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12.00 13.22 15.81 19.54 23.66 16.76 34,865
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 9.95 10.87 13.77 17.65 21.71 14.72 30,612
Klamath / Lake 11.61 14.51 16.15 18.94 22.37 17.19 35,757
Morrow / Umatilla 11.50 14.21 16.51 19.08 22.34 17.06 35,469
Baker / Union / Wallowa 9.26 9.44 14.50 18.11 22.33 14.93 31,071
Grant / Harney / Malheur 9.48 10.62 13.35 17.24 20.93 14.32 29,785
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Regional Employment Projections for Social and Human Service Assistants
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 6,474 7,504 1,030 15.9% 103 169 272
Multnomah / Washington 2,177 2,613 436 20.0% 44 57 101
Lane 769 897 128 16.6% 13 20 33
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 746 843 97 13.0% 10 20 30
Jackson / Josephine 395 452 57 14.4% 6 10 16
Clackamas 289 321 32 11.1% 3 8 11
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 286 322 36 12.6% 4 8 12
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 271 306 35 12.9% 4 7 11
Coos / Curry 196 214 18 9.2% 2 5 7
Douglas 177 202 25 14.1% 2 5 7
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 164 189 25 15.2% 2 4 6
Grant / Harney / Malheur 127 142 15 11.8% 2 3 5
Klamath / Lake 121 141 20 16.5% 2 3 5
Morrow / Umatilla 97 108 11 11.3% 1 2 3
Baker / Union / Wallowa 81 90 9 11.1% 1 2 3
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 81 94 13 16.0% 1 2 3

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Social and Human Service Assistants
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 6,474
Total All Industries Private 4,546
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 156
Educational Services Private 65
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 4,140
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 304
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 151
Outpatient Care Centers Private 134
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities Private 1,740
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities) Private 54
Residential Intellectual & Developmental Disability, Mental Health, & Substance Abuse Facilities Private 1,380
Other Residential Care Facilities Private 283
Social Assistance Private 2,068
Individual and Family Services Private 1,120
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services Private 326
Vocational Rehabilitation Services Private 522
Child Day Care Services Private 100
Other Services (except Government) Private 82
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations Private 82
Total All Industries Federal 70
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office Federal 70
Total All Industries State 1,255
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 1,248
Total All Industries Local 552
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Local 54
Real Estate Local 54
Lessors of Real Estate Local 50
Educational Services Local 77
Health Care and Social Assistance Local 57
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 362
Educational Requirements for Social and Human Service Assistants The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with an Associate's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, short-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Ability To Deal With Difficult Or Angry People
  • Access Social Service Resource Providers
  • Apply Active Listening Techniques
  • Apply Childhood Development Theories
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Apply Cultural And Religious Awareness
  • Apply Current Social Research
  • Apply Intervention Techniques
  • Chart Clients' Personal Data
  • Collect Client Data
  • Compile Data Related To Social Work Or Entitlement Programs
  • Determine Program Eligibility
  • Interpret And Apply Knowledge Of Relevant Laws
  • Lead Recreational Activities
  • Manage Detailed Case Records In A Social Work Setting
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Prioritize Tasks
  • Provide Emotional Support To Social Services Clients
  • Recognize Physical And Emotional Abuse
  • Refer Clients And Patients To Community Services
  • Relate To Clients' Socioeconomic Conditions
  • Resolve Conflicts
  • Schedule Appointments
  • Understand Needs Of The Elderly
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Principles Of Group Dynamics
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Work With Persons With Mental Disabilities And Illnesses
Schools and Training Providers for Social and Human Service Assistants The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Northwest Christian University
828 East 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401-3745
Phone: (541) 343-1641
Programs of Training:
University of Phoenix-Oregon Campus
13221 SW 68th Pkwy Ste 500
Tigard, OR 97223-8328
Phone: (877) 776-0766
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
University of Oregon
110 Johnson Hall
Eugene, OR 97403
Phone: (541) 346-1000
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Social and Human Service Assistants These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Klamath Community College
Lane Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Treasure Valley Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Social and Human Service Assistants matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Marriage And Family Therapists 61%
Mental Health Counselors 56%
Healthcare Social Workers 55%
Counselors, All Other 53%
Social Workers, All Other 51%
Community And Social Service Specialists, All Other 50%
Substance Abuse And Behavioral Disorder Counselors 48%
Child, Family, And School Social Workers 45%
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 45%
Mental Health And Substance Abuse Social Workers 43%