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.

#11

Hairdresser

(6.1 out of 10)

Don’t we all secretly wish we could advise our peers on their personal appearance? Hairdressers get paid to do just that. Those who shampoo, cut, style and color hair also often get to make their own hours and, possibly, be their own boss. This profession rose from No. 14 to No. 11 on this year’s list of Social Services jobs, thanks to the 77,600 new positions the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will be created in the next decade.

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#12

Patrol Officer

(6.1 out of 10)

Even if they’re writing incident reports or filing records, patrol officers’ No. 1 goal is to keep their communities safe. The BLS projects nearly 6 percent employment growth for this job in the coming decade.

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#13

Recreation and Fitness Worker

(6.0 out of 10)

The duties for recreation and fitness workers vary; you could lead a spinning class or run a summer camp, for example. But almost all of them have flexible schedules and find the job fulfilling. Employment in this profession should swell 13.5 percent by 2022.

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#14

Taxi Driver and Chauffeur

(5.9 out of 10)

If delivering packages doesn’t seem your speed (as a delivery truck driver), and shuttling numerous passengers around town (as a bus driver) seems too much, consider this job. Opportunity is abundant for taxi drivers and chauffeurs, who should see 15.5 percent employment growth from 2012 to 2022.

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#15

Interpreter and Translator

(5.7 out of 10)

While interpreters use hand gestures and various forms of language to practice their craft, translators rely on the power of the pen. A rise in global interaction, military needs and innovative technology has the BLS predicting more than 46 percent employment growth in this profession by the year 2022.

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#16

Preschool Teacher

(5.7 out of 10)

You have to more than like children to pursue this career path. Compared to teachers in other grades, early childhood educators use more nurturing tactics and group-play to educate. New recruits should be energetic and creative, and have abundant patience. There should be more than 76,000 new jobs for preschool teachers between 2012 and 2022, according to the BLS.

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#17

School Counselor

(5.6 out of 10)

These professionals usually don’t take home papers to grade, but Gail M. Smith, a school counselor director in Georgia, says they “are taking home the kids in their hearts.” The BLS expects nearly 12 percent job growth for these compassionate school workers by 2022.

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#18

Paralegal

(5.6 out of 10)

Competition in this field will be strong, but abundant hiring is still expected, as firms attempt to lower expenses by using the service of more cost-effective paralegals as opposed to lawyers. The BLS predicts 46,200 new paralegals should sprout up between 2012 and 2022.
 

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#19

Auto Mechanic

(5.4 out of 10)

Gearheads, rejoice: Tinkering with cars is a respectable and profitable profession. The BLS predicts 8.6 percent employment growth and 60,400 new jobs for auto mechanics from now until 2022, and that includes entry-level positions.

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#20

Landscaper and Groundskeeper

(5.3 out of 10)

Having a hard time telling the difference between a landscaper and a groundskeeper? Landscapers plant trees, shrubs and flowers, fertilize plants and construct outdoor walkways, patios and fences to surround their handiwork. Groundskeepers might also garden and plant, paint fences, clean swimming pools, shovel snow and handle refuse removal. Employment in this field could spike by 12.4 percent between 2012 and 2022.

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