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Social and Human Service Assistants - 21-1093.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist other social and human service providers 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Addictions Counselor Assistant
  • Advocate
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Residential Care Assistant
  • Social Services Aide
  • Social Services Assistant
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Social Work Associate
  • Social Worker Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise clients regarding food stamps, child care, food, money management, sanitation, or housekeeping.
  • Assess clients' cognitive abilities and physical and emotional needs to determine appropriate interventions.
  • Assist clients with preparation of forms, such as tax or rent forms.
  • Assist in locating housing for displaced individuals.
  • Assist in planning food budgets, using charts or sample budgets.
  • Consult with supervisor concerning programs for individual families.
  • Demonstrate use and care of equipment for tenant use.
  • Develop and implement behavioral management and care plans for clients.
  • Explain rules established by owner or management, such as sanitation or maintenance requirements or parking regulations.
  • Inform tenants of facilities, such as laundries or playgrounds.
  • Interview individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or drug history.
  • Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
  • Meet with youth groups to acquaint them with consequences of delinquent acts.
  • Observe and discuss meal preparation and suggest alternate methods of food preparation.
  • Observe clients' food selections and recommend alternate economical and nutritional food choices.
  • Oversee day-to-day group activities of residents in institution.
  • Provide information or refer individuals to public or private agencies or community services for assistance.
  • Submit reports and review reports or problems with superior.
  • Transport and accompany clients to shopping areas or to appointments, using automobile.
  • Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise clients or community groups on health issues.
  • Assist clients in handling details of daily life.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Develop treatment plans for patients or clients.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Explain regulations, policies, or procedures.
  • Help clients get needed services or resources.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Maintain social services program records.
  • Monitor nutrition related activities of individuals or groups.
  • Present social services program information to the public.
  • Provide basic information to guests, visitors, or clients.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families.
  • Transport clients to appointments.
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.
  • Write reports or evaluations.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • AFROTC Training Instructor (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Health Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Behavioral Health Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Social Worker (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Correctional Counselor (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Correctional Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Family Services Center Director (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Mental Health Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Mental Health Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Military and Family Readiness Non-Commissioned Officer (RNCO) (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor Intern (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Navy Primary Prevention (PP) and Human Factors Process (HFP) Advanced Professional Development Train the Trainer Certification (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Religious Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Religious Program Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Social Work (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Substance Abuse Control Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Substance Abuse Control Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Direct Support Specialist
  • Peer Specialist
  • Youth Development Practitioner

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Case Aide
  • Food-Management Aide
  • Management Aide
  • Social-Services Aide