Community and Social Services Occupation Profiles


The Community and Social Services occupation profiles include specific information about the nature of the work; average earnings; underlying training and education; related occupations; and corresponding academic programs.

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Fast Facts: As of 2008, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated 1,861,750 employed in the Community and Social Services occupational group earning the mean annual income of $41,790.

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What's Hot: Some students will be happy to learn that they are helping “Educational, Vocational and School Counselors” top both the size (243,100) and pay scale ($53,540) categories in the Community and Social Services occupational group. Interestingly, the “Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists” occupation ranks second in both categories with 97,130 members earning $49,520 on average. That these two top-ranked occupations seem almost intertwined perhaps explains why school counselors often playfully refer to their students as those “little devils” and many students mischievously consider themselves ‘prisoners’ while at school.

What's Not: The underrated professional “Social and Human Service Assistants” are also undervalued averaging $29,170 and “Religious Workers, All Other” are also among the Least Paid at $32,360 followed by “Rehabilitation Counselors” at $34,600. In addition, “Directors, Religious Activities and Education” are at $40,260 and “Clergy” at $45,440.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.