Social Services

A career in Social Services allows an individual to positively affect people and communities.  As the population of the Jacksonville region continues to expand, so do the occupations that support this growth. The health and well-being of Northeast Florida is improved by those who choose a career in social services.  Whether they are impacting health issues through awareness, prevention, or assistance or providing wrap-around support to vulnerable communities in innumerable ways, those in social services play a critical role in a region’s vitality. They often serve in schools, hospitals, outpatient services, nursing care facilities, and government agencies.

A career in Social Services allows an individual to positively affect people and communities.  As the population of the Jacksonville region continues to expand, so do the occupations that support this growth. The health and well-being of Northeast Florida is improved by those who choose social services jobs.  Whether they are impacting health issues through awareness, prevention, or assistance or providing wrap-around support to vulnerable communities in innumerable ways, those in social services play a critical role in a region’s vitality. They often serve in schools, hospitals, outpatient services, nursing care facilities, and government agencies.

Approximately 15,000 people are employed in social services occupations in the region, helping those vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and the differently-abled.  This career choice allows individuals to help address social issues such as food insecurity, homelessness or substance abuse.

Social Services jobs in the Jacksonville region offers career opportunities such as Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Social Worker, Case Manager, Social Services Assistant, Medical Social Worker, Program Management, Grant Writer, Community Health Worker, Memory Care Activity Director, Foster Care Case Manager, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and School Counselor.

It is important to understand the education and experience requirements for a career in Social Services. There are six colleges in the area that support certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees in social services: Edward Waters University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Jacksonville University, Keiser University, University of North Florida and Flagler College.

If you are a high school graduate, military veteran or adult learner looking to better the community via a social services occupation, learn more about the career options below.  You could work for one of the many social services organizations in Northeast Florida, which include but are not limited to CareerSource Northeast Florida, United Way, Wounded Warriors, Hubbard House, or Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida.

Resources

Social Services Industry Report

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Social Services Organizations in the Region