Distinct Groups (18):
The Community and Social Services occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 18 distinct occupational job types.
Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.
Within this occupational group, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following job types as having a “Bright Outlook” status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Community and Social Service Specialists||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Community Health Workers||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Educational, Guidance, School and Vocational Counselors||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Health Educators||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Healthcare Social Workers||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Mental Health Counselors||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Social and Human Services Assistants||Rapid Growth||Video|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||Rapid Growth||Video|
Note that a high percentage of this occupation’s job types are anticipated to be in high demand in coming years.
Fast Facts: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 2,019,250 are employed in this occupational group earning the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $47,200.
If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here.
In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Community and Social Services group’s mean hourly wage of $22.69, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $47,200.
Did you know? Interested in metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs in this occupation? Think Massachusetts. as it takes the top five spots: New Bedford, MA (45.83 per 1,000); Springfield, MA-CT (34.98 per 1,000);
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Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.