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Social Work at a Glance

 
photo of a social worker assisting a patient

What does a social and human service assistant do?

  • Helps professionals provide services to clients and families in three major fields: children, families and schools; medical and public health; and mental health and substance abuse
  • May help clients identify available benefits and services, develop and conduct educational programs, monitor and keep case records, talk with family members, and confer with medical personnel and other caregivers as to best course of action for the client’s well-being
  • In group settings, may help clients master living skills, support counseling or occupational therapy, and develop or lead recreation programs and other activities

What is the career outlook?

  • Positions vary widely according to organization and include social work assistant, community support worker, mental health aide, life skills counselor, youth worker, client advocate and gerontology aide
  • Job locations include schools, nonprofit and governmental organizations, private agencies, rehabilitation centers, community centers, hospitals, corrections institutions, juvenile services agencies and outpatient clinics
  • Working conditions vary widely, from regular office hours to shift and evening work
  • Job opportunities will increase with the aging population and the numbers of clients with substance abuse problems and will be greatest for those with continued education and licensed credentials
  • In Texas: Projected job growth of 18 percent through 2018, with median salaries $14.53 per hour or $30,200 annually*
    Dallas County: median salaries $14.90 per hour or $31,000 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

Social Work program

Awards and coursework Eastfield Richland Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
Social Work Associate — Generalist Associate in Applied Sciences Degree X 60-66  
Gerontology Certificate X 24  
Human Services Certificate X 34  
Specific skills training X varied
For more information, visit the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) website. 
 

Measures of effectiveness Eastfield
Employment rates for graduates** 100%

What are the program prerequisites?

Following are the links to the current course catalog listing all of the prerequisites, courses included and the length of the programs:

Other helpful links:

Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Acceptance to the Social Work program is by admission to Eastfield College; initial coursework may be started at any DCCCD college.
  • Learn more about Social Work.

*America’s Career Infonet 2011 data for social and human service assistants
**Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Perkins 2009-2010