Social and Community Service Workers

(NOC 4212)


  • Completion of a college or university program in social work, child and youth care, psychology or other social science or health-related discipline is usually required.
  • Previous work experience in a social service environment as a volunteer or in a support capacity may replace formal education requirements for some occupations in this unit group.
  • Social service workers may be required to be a member of a provincial regulatory body in some provinces.

Degrees Associated with This Career


Useful Experience/Skills

Obtain information and prepare reports or case histories
Appraise clients' needs or eligibility for specific services
Assess clients' relevant skill strengths and development needs
Develop, co-ordinate and implement the delivery of specific services within the community
Assist offenders in pre-release and release planning
Conduct individual and group counselling sessions
Liaise with other social services agencies and health care providers involved with clients
Develop service intervention logic models and outcome measures
Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs
Assist clients/guests with special needs

Useful Secondary School Subjects

Social science

Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Work (B.A.) Bachelor
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Durham College
Oshawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Service Worker Diploma; University Transfer
Child and Youth Care (Compressed) Diploma; University Transfer; Advanced
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Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Child and Youth Studies Bachelor
Child and Youth Studies Bachelor; Honours
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University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Community Social Services Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Child and Youth Care Diploma; Advanced
Social Service Worker (Intensive) Diploma
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Modified on January 26, 2022