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Overview

What You Need To Know If You Would Like To Make A Career Out Of Community Services

Working in Community Services means that you’ll be responsible for providing some form of service to the community, which is often funded by the government.

Many positions involve working with the public in a way that will leave the people you help better off.  You might work with children, or people with a disability, you might become a crisis intervention worker, or work with the aged community.

You’ll need to be friendly and able to work with people from all walks of life. And also willing to develop skills that will enable you to empathise and understand a variety of complex situations.  You’ll also need to be able to work independently and as part of a team.

Job Opportunities

Take a look a the facts below, if you like to sound of a career in Community Service (taken from ACWA)

  • The community services industry is one of the largest and fastest growing in Australia.

  • It’s estimated that community services generate approximately 1 in 4 of all new jobs.

  • There is a high demand for rural and regional workers too.

Types of Courses

Most community workers study courses that are relevant to the type of position that they are seeking within the field of community services.  Entry-level education will vary depending upon the position available.

Short Courses:

Short courses in community services are a great way to understand what is involved and to find out what aspect of Community Services that you might prefer.  They are also great for ongoing career development.

Short Courses can last around 3 to 7 weeks and can focus in on a variety of niche topics.

Certificate II Courses:

A Certificate II course will offer you a solid grounding on all of the skills required to work proficiently, under supervision within your chosen field. Although for some positions a higher certificate, diploma or even bachelors degree may be necessary.  

Certificate III Courses:

A certificate III course in your chosen field teaches the complete range of skills and knowledge that is required to be proficient in your career.

Certificate IV/Diploma’s

Certificate IV and/or a Diploma will give you a solid understanding of your chosen field and will touch on leadership.  It will also enable you to work towards a leadership position or an entry-level position for a specialised role.

Career Outcomes

There are a variety of opportunities when you are working in Community Services.  Here are our recommended opportunities;

  • Community Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Development Youth Worker
  • Indigenous Youth Worker
  • Recreational Youth Activities Worker
  • Residential Support Worker
  • Youth and Family Services Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Community-Based Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Team Supervisor
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Family Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Detoxification Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Disability Services Instructor
  • Community Care Worker
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Care Worker
  • Home Care Assistant
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Nutritionist
  • Allied Health Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Dietary Aide
  • Community Based Allied Health Assistant
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Accommodation Support Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • In-Home Respite Worker
  • Development Officer
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Personal Care Giver
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Program Coordinator
  • Day Activity Worker
  • Care Supervisor
  • Hostel Supervisor
  • Disability Officer – Day Support
  • Social Trainer
  • Aged Care Activity Worker
  • Activity Officer
  • Lifestyle Coordinator
  • Lifestyle Assistant
  • Lifestyle Officer
  • Recreation Activities Coordinator
  • Care Assistant
  • view all

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