Job Opportunities

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get?

The Social and Human Services portion of the job market is expanding twice as fast as the job market as a whole. Community and social service occupations are expected to grow at 17% nationally and 21% in Washington state in the next ten years alone. Healthcare support positions are growing at 26-28% in Washington state.

Can You Make a Living Doing This?

There will be jobs in social services, and they pay above-average wages. 2012 median pay for Americans was $34,750. Median pay for community and social service occupations was $38,520, nearly $4,000 per year above average. Starting salaries for every occupation of course tend to be considerably less than the median salary, but social services work does pay living wages with opportunities for growth. 

The United State Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a great deal of more detailed information about how many social service jobs there are, how fast they are growing, what they pay, and what education or experience they require.

How Do I Find a Job?

Community service providers in King County and the surrounding area advertise their open positions in several places:

The University of Washington School of Social Work maintains a listserv that publishes job announcements. Anyone interested in receiving a daily email with a list of job announcements can sign up to subscribe to the listerv. 

Department of Health Credentialing 

Most social service positions in Washington state require the employee to hold an active credential from the state (http://www.doh.wa.gov/AboutUs/ProgramsandServices/HealthSystemsQualityAssurance/CustomerService/Credentialing) Department of Health. This allows the state to conduct background checks, verify our education and experience, and protect the vulnerable adults, children and seniors we may serve.

Some of the most commonly needed credentials for our graduates are

For more information about these credentials please contact the Department of Health directly.

Most Department of Health credentials require the individual to have completed four hours of training in HIV/AIDS. This can be done through in-person or online trainings. The cost varies from free up to $50. Check with the DOH for a list of appropriate courses or for information on course content

Some jobs also train employees in CPR, or ask staff to become trained in CPR elsewhere. The Red Cross and the American Heart Association and others often provide these trainings.

Many fire departments also offer CPR training including the Seattle Fire Department, Bothell FD, Bellevue FD, Everett FD, Kirkland FD, Marysville FD, and Redmond FD.