Best Social Services Jobs

Best Social Services Jobs

We found a recurring theme when speaking with professionals in the social service industry: Many view their job more as a calling than a choice. From social workers to school counselors, and even to bartenders and nail technicians, those in the business of helping individuals enjoy the opportunity to interact with people, and appreciate the small and significant ways they’re able to impact someone’s life. Others in the industry find different ways to enrich society, like the bus driver who ensures children arrive at school on time and the security guard who maintains safety at a downtown office building. Check out our list of the Best Social Services Jobs, and read more on how we’ve ranked them.

#1

School Psychologist

(6.9 out of 10)

As a school psychologist, you’ll wear a variety of hats, including counselor, administrator and researcher. Occasionally, you might even dabble in social outreach. Schools aiming to address the learning and emotional needs of students will be on the hunt for school psychologists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11.3 percent uptick in the occupation by 2022.

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#2

Maintenance and Repair Worker

(6.1 out of 10)

You might think of them as handymen, jacks-of-all-trades or Mr. – and even Ms. – Fix-Its. But those in the field refers to maintenance workers as “doctors for the home.” And the BLS predicts we’ll need more than 125,000 new ones by 2022.

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#3

Speech-Language Pathologist

(6.7 out of 10)

Sometimes called speech therapists, these professionals assess and diagnose people with disorders and challenges related to verbal communication. They often work with social workers, doctors and teachers to improve a patient’s speech.

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#4

High School Teacher

(6.6 out of 10)

Like many professionals, high school teachers encounter several challenges in their line of work. But it can be rewarding to educate and advise teenagers as they prepare for college and their careers. The BLS predicts that there will be 52,900 new high-school teaching positions to fill by 2022.

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#5

Nail Technician

(6.4 out of 10)

This is a job that you can feel good doing, because, come on – who isn’t happy when getting a manicure and/or pedicure? Nails Magazine reports revenues of $7.4 billion for nail services in 2012, and those who work in this profession are poised to reap the rewards of this thriving industry. There should be 13,500 new nail technician positions across the U.S. before 2022.

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#6

Middle School Teacher

(6.4 out of 10)

Middle school teachers have a tall task: Educating adolescents while contending with their helter-skelter hormones. Although job opportunities vary by region, increased enrollment in schools should translate to approximately 76,000 new teaching positions.

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#7

Lawyer

(6.4 out of 10)

Consider this: 25 of our U.S. presidents have been lawyers. So it almost goes without saying that working in law holds a particular draw for us Americans. There will be the need for about 74,800 more professionals with Juris Doctor degrees by the year 2022.

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#8

Child and Family Social Worker

(6.2 out of 10)

Whether working with a neglected child or someone battling a years-long addiction, the day-in and day-out of a child and family social worker can be an emotional grind. But knowing that your counsel profoundly improved someone’s quality of life is a reward that surpasses monetary compensation. This profession should grow by about 15 percent by 2022.

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#9

Exterminator

(6.2 out of 10)

We should all be thankful this is the No. 9 job on our list. It can only be a good thing there will be 12,800 new job openings for exterminators who are willing to remove roaches, rats, bedbugs (... the list disgustingly goes on) from buildings by 2022.

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#10

Elementary School Teacher

(6.2 out of 10)

Elementary school teachers do more than educate. They also advocate for, boost the morale of, entertain and befriend our children. Given the meaty job description, it’s no wonder we can expect 167,900 more job openings for grade school teachers by the year 2022.

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