Workers in these occupations promote wellness to help people cope with or overcome challenges.
Overall employment in community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 294,600 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 318,400 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.
The median annual wage for this group was $48,410 in May 2021, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
BLS employment projections, wage, and other data for related occupations not shown in the following table are available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page. Information highlighting physical demands, cognitive and mental requirements, and other qualifications for workers in this group are available in a BLS Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) profile.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2021 MEDIAN PAY|
|Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers||
Health education specialists develop programs to teach people about conditions affecting well-being. Community health workers promote wellness by helping people adopt healthy behaviors.
|See How to Become One||$48,860|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||
Marriage and family therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships.
|Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists||
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole.
Rehabilitation counselors help people with physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disabilities live independently.
|School and Career Counselors and Advisors||
School counselors help students develop academic and social skills. Career counselors and advisors help people choose a path to employment.
|Social and Human Service Assistants||
Social and human service assistants provide client services in a variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work.
|High school diploma or equivalent||$37,610|
Social workers help people prevent and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
|See How to Become One||$50,390|
|Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors||
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors advise people on a range of issues, such as those relating to alcoholism, addictions, or depression.
The wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. Median wage data are from the BLS Occupational Employment Statistics survey.
Typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation.
Last Modified Date: Thursday, September 8, 2022