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These are Some of the Best Social Services Jobs of 2016

Last updated on September 24, 2019

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Here it is: our last chapter in our series of blog posts on U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2016. We’ve managed to talk about a wide variety of industries, ranging from topics like health care, all the way to technology, engineering, math and management. This last segment will include a series of jobs that don’t quit fit in with everything else, but can still be great career options for the right person – especially for those who might be interested in serving others as a career.

Here we go…

51. Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors help those struggling with things like addiction and eating disorders. They help patients identify causes and remedies to these issues, as well as help navigate the tensions of relationships that may have been damaged along the way. To become a counselor in Texas, you will need to be certified, which can be accomplished by applying for a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor license through the Texas Department of State Health Services upon completion of an associate degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, approved supervised work experience and other requirements. Additionally, there are a variety of certifications you can work toward through the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. The requirements for each certification vary – some require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, but many require an associate degree with a specific number of hours of work experience completed. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors in Texas make an annual mean wage of about $38,000.

73. Clinical Social Worker & 89. Social and Community Service Manager

A clinical social worker deals with the social aspect of medical problems, including future prevention, prognoses, judging what proper care will be needed and determining how people will cope with a stressful life change. You will need a master’s degree to become a clinical social worker and you will often need a bachelor’s degree to become a social worker outside of a specialization in public health; however, many of the support occupations to those positions are available for those with an associate degree in Social Work or sometimes a high school diploma, depending on the employer and/or job.

Social and community service managers usually work directly with a specific community, such as the homeless or seriously ill, to identify problems and gaps in services for these populations. These positions usually require both experience as a social worker and a bachelor’s degree, which often makes a bachelor’s degree a minimum requirement and a master’s degree a common preference among employers.

Community and Social Service Occupations in Texas Hourly Mean Wage in Texas Annual Mean Salary in Texas Educational Requirements
Child, family and school social workers $19.46 $40,480 Bachelor’s degree
Health care social workers $26.97 $56,090 Bachelor’s degree
Mental health and substance abuse social workers $19.63 $40,820 Bachelor’s degree
Social workers, all other $29.60 $61,560 Bachelor’s degree
Health educators $25.32 $52,660 Bachelor’s degree
Social and human service assistants $15.27 $31,760 Associate degree
Community health workers $16.96 $35,270 Associate degree
Social and community service managers $32.25 67,070 Bachelor’s degree

81. High School Teacher

High school teachers usually specialize in a specific subject, such as English, math, chemistry or art. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, you will need to pass a teacher certification exam in order to become a teacher in the state of Texas. You can save money on tuition costs by earning an associate degree in teaching through DCCCD, where all of our programs are designed specifically to transfer to four-year colleges leading to initial Texas teacher certification. Texas has the highest employment levels for secondary school teachers, and they make an annual mean wage of about $52,000.

99. Patrol Officer

Patrol officers work within their communities to enforce local, tribal, state or federal laws and ordinances. They might patrol specific areas, direct traffic, issue traffic tickets, investigate accidents and more. Police officers in Texas earn an annual mean wage of around $53,000Educational requirements can vary by jurisdiction, but most law enforcement officers in Texas need to be:

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