Top 7 Community and Social Service Occupations

By U.S. News University Connection
America's Job Exchange

For many who enter college to study the social sciences, their goal is nothing short of dedicating themselves to giving back to the community and helping make the world a better place. What lies ahead for those who take this path can vary greatly in regard to actual work performed, but in most cases graduates will find a high growth rate for jobs in this broad field.

Here are seven of the top occupations in community and social service and what graduates can anticipate as they enter the job market:

school and career counseling

School and Career Counseling

Counselors in this field are charged with helping students develop the skills they need to succeed. They are also tasked with aiding students as they begin making career decisions. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 edition, the anticipated growth rate in this field is 12% through 2022, on par with growth for all career fields. Students need a master's degree in career counseling or a related field to enter this line of work, which had a median annual pay of $53,610 in a 2012 national survey from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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