Community and Social Service Workers

4212 – Community and Social Service Workers; An analysis
Type of work : Updated June 2014

Community and social service workers administer and implement a variety of social assistance programs and community services, and assist clients to deal with personal and social problems.

For the full and official description of this occupation according to the National Occupational Classification, visit the NOC site.

Examples of Occupational Titles

  • aboriginal outreach worker
  • addictions worker
  • behavioural aide
  • child and youth worker
  • community development worker
  • community service worker
  • crisis intervention worker
  • developmental service worker
  • drop-in centre worker
  • family service worker
  • financial assistance worker
  • group home worker
  • income maintenance officer
  • life skills instructor
  • mental health worker
  • rehabilitation worker
  • social services worker
  • veteran services officer
  • welfare and compensation officer
  • women’s shelter supervisor
  • youth worker


Job prospects in this occupation are good.

(Update: December 2013)

Over the past few years, the number of community and social service workers has risen very sharply. This growth is attributable to the large increase in the range and intensity of social service needs, and the handling of a growing proportion of these needs by community organizations. Since the community network is now well established, higher government spending in the health and social services sector should be more conducive to the hiring of members of other occupations and the number of income security claimants should continue, the number of community and social service workers is expected to grow sharply over the next few years, albeit at a more moderate pace than before.



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