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Jobs That Serve the Community

Those who wish to serve their community can find a job in areas like social services and healthcare. Compare and contrast a few of the jobs that serve the community, their median salaries and education requirements.

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Career Options that Serve the Community

While there are many different careers that serve various populations within a community in some capacity, here we discuss a few of the careers that often serve the community as a whole. These careers span across several job fields and vary in specific job duties. Learn about some of the careers that serve the community below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2016-2026)*
Social Workers $46,890 15%
Health Educators and Community Health Workers $44,390 16%
Social and Community Service Managers $64,680 16%
Urban and Regional Planners $70,020 13%
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $59,680 7%
Firefighters $48,030 7%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs that Serve the Community

Social Workers

Social workers interact with members of the community to help them solve and deal with various problems in their lives. They meet with clients to assess their needs, connect them with any necessary community resources, such as childcare or healthcare, and follow-up with their clients to make sure that their situation is improving. These workers also provide emotional support during hard life circumstances, like divorce or illness, and carefully maintain records of all of their clients. Most social workers need a bachelor's degree in the field, but clinical social workers need a license, experience in the field and a master's degree.

Health Educators and Community Health Workers

Health educators and community health workers serve the community by educating community members about various health topics and connecting them with available healthcare resources. Health educators develop health programs based on the specific needs of a community, train community health workers and evaluate the effectiveness of various health programs. Community health workers run outreach programs, collect data from the community and advocate for community needs after discussing health concerns with community members. Community health workers need some on-the-job training and a high school diploma, while health educators may need a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential and a bachelor's degree.

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and community service managers serve the community by coordinating community organizations and the community's various social services programs. This requires them to manage the administrative activities of these organizations, supervise social service workers and monitor the effectiveness of different programs. These managers also work with community members to identify any new programs and services that are needed, as well as figuring out ways to improve existing programs and services. Social and community service managers must have a bachelor's degree and related work experience, but they may be required to have a master's degree.

Urban and Regional Planners

Urban and regional planners help create and develop communities through their land use plans. They develop these plans based on input from public officials and community members with the intent to revitalize different areas of a community and/or expand communities experiencing population growth. These planners collect and analyze data to evaluate proposals. Afterwards, they provide recommendations concerning the proposals and present the selected projects to the community. Urban and regional planners typically need a master's degree.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Police and sheriff's patrol officers protect and serve a community as they patrol neighborhoods and enforce laws. They respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls to assist community members, watch for criminal activity and arrest suspected criminals as needed. These officers may need to obtain warrants, collect evidence, interview suspects, fill out reports and testify in court. They usually need to be 21 years old or older, a U.S. citizen, meet physical standards, complete a training academy and on-the-job training and hold a high school diploma or college degree.

Firefighters

Firefighters serve their communities by protecting the surrounding environment, people and property from burning in fires. They also serve the community by responding to other emergencies and treating hurt or sick people. Firefighters are also trained to drive firetrucks and to maintain their equipment. They must be at least 18 years old, hold a driver's license and high school diploma, complete training at the fire academy and earn an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.

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