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.

Bartender

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Being a bartender isn’t a stepping stone career or transitional job anymore – now it’s a respected profession that could lead to renown and entrepreneurship. The BLS forecasts the creation of 65,600 new jobs for bartenders from 2012 to 2022.

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Bus Driver

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This job is perfect for those who like to drive and appreciate limited supervision. Bus drivers may transport commuters and city inhabitants, drive roadtrippers on a charter bus or take children to and from school and on field trips. The BLS predicts 16,800 new positions for this occupation by 2022.

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Delivery Truck Driver

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You should be popular along your route, because driving a delivery truck is a little like being Santa Claus all year. And these workers have become more important as we continue to buy more goods with the click of a computer mouse and not the swipe of a credit card. Expect 32,000 new jobs for drivers in the next decade.

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Fabricator

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Constructing commercial aircrafts, household appliances, automobiles and toys is a team sport. The players are known as fabricators. Consider this occupation if you’ve always been curious how products are put together. Just keep in mind that some areas of this field will see greater hiring opportunity than others. Structural metal fabricators will experience 7.7 percent job growth from now to 2022.

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Garbage Collector

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It takes a strong resolve, a strong back and a strong stomach to clear away the waste of others, but more importantly, it takes dignity. Employment should swell for these ever-important professionals by 16.2 percent, the BLS reports.

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Janitor

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People who don’t mind a little hard work and heavy lifting will always be needed for janitorial jobs, and this is particularly true within health care facilities. So submit your application fast – the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts about 280,000 new janitor positions by 2022.

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Maid and Housekeeper

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In this economy, you have a greater chance of finding employment as a maid if you’ve already got some housekeeping work beneath your apron. Expect 183,400 new openings in this job, with the most positions available in health care facilities.

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Restaurant Cook

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Chefs like Gordon Ramsay, Emeril Lagasse and Jacques Pépin didn’t start out as reality show competitors, but as cooks sweating, toiling and chopping away in a restaurant kitchen. Even lowly kitchen assistants who don’t ascend to celebrity status can expect to reach the master-chef level if they stick with their training. The BLS predicts 150,100 new openings for restaurant cooks this decade.

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Security Guard

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Security guards prevent fire hazards, larceny and vandalism. They assist during emergencies and safeguard against possibly dangerous situations. Intrigued? You’ll be pleased to know this profession should grow more than 12 percent in the next decade.

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Sports Coach

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Sports coach is another profession on our list that doesn’t pay extremely well, but seems to fulfill the people called to do it. Given the flexible hours, this is also a job that could free you up for part-time work. The BLS predicts 14.8 percent employment growth for coaches from 2012 to 2022.

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