Social and Human Service Assistants (21-1093)

Occupation description:  Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care. Excludes Rehabilitation Counselors (21-1015), Psychiatric Technicians (29-2053), Personal Care Aides (39-9021), and Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs (43-4061).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 767851 11.036 58102
United States 389,800453,600 16.418,800 30,20055,390

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.0510.3312.56 15.9220.1525.66
Alaska 18.1312.3014.27 17.5021.5224.73
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 17.3812.5213.89 16.6420.3324.31
Fairbanks North Star Borough 18.3313.6115.78 18.2921.2323.54
Southeast Region 17.9911.9614.11 16.8820.1626.50
Balance of State 19.7111.0615.55 20.2823.3828.02

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
910113 12.438.2 28.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation369
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation135
UI claimants previously working in occupation99
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,038
Number of job position postings 484
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.1

Alaska Licensing Information


Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: High school diploma or equivalent Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Advanced Human Service Systems GCRT
Human Services AAS
Human Services BHS
Human Services BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Human Services AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Human Services AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Bristol Bay   (Dillingham)
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Human Service Technology AAS
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest   (Nome)
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS

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University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rural College   (Fairbanks)
Human Services AAS
Human Services w/ RHS Certification AAS