Community and Social Service Occupations

Community and social service occupations include social workers, counselors, and religious workers. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 257,700 jobs. Most new jobs in this occupational group will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry.

The median annual wage for community and social service occupations was $41,290 in May 2014, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

Emergency Management Directors

Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.

Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with family and other relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists monitor and work with probationers to prevent them from committing new crimes.

Rehabilitation Counselors

Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities live independently. They work with clients to overcome or manage the personal, social, or psychological effects of disabilities on employment or independent living.

School and Career Counselors

School counselors help students develop academic and social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them develop skills or choose a career or educational program.

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.

Social and Human Service Assistants

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Social Workers

Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers-clinical social workers-also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Additional Community and Social Service Occupations


Clergy conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faiths or denominations.

Counselors (all other)

All counselors not listed separately.

Community and Social Service Specialists (all other)

All community and social service specialists not listed separately.

Directors of Religious Activities and Education

Directors of Religious Activities and Education plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group.

Religious Workers (all other)

All religious workers not listed separately.