Employment in community and social service occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 348,600 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling. In addition to counselors and social workers, this group includes religious workers.
The median annual wage for community and social service occupations was $47,520 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.
BLS provides summary data, including employment projections, for community and social service occupations not shown in the table on this page. That information is available on the Data for Occupations Not Covered in Detail page.
|OCCUPATION||JOB SUMMARY||ENTRY-LEVEL EDUCATION||2020 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||$48,140|
|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||$35,960|
Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
|See How to Become One||$51,760|
|Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors||
Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors provide treatment and advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, or other mental or behavioral problems.
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: Friday, May 14, 2021