Have a real and immediate impact on the lives of vulnerable Australians and build a rewarding career by studying a community services course.
As a community service worker, you’ll work closely with vulnerable people and their communities to provide support, advice and assistance on a range of social, emotional and welfare matters. You’ll also be responsible for coordinating the services of a variety of different agencies and stakeholders in your client’s life.
Community service workers can work across a broad range of sectors, and as a result, your day-to-day tasks will depend on the field in which you’re working. However, you can expect to perform tasks like:
You may pursue work in a range of different roles, including:
You’ll thrive working in community services if you:
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports that the community sector in Australia is large and growing. Currently employing approximately 60,900 people, the industry is expected to grow significantly until at least 2020, where it will employ approximately 72,500 people. Job Outlook reports that employment opportunities in this sector have been growing steadily over the last decade, and expects the community sector will contribute up to one in four new jobs in Australia this decade.
PayScale reports that graduates of community services courses can expect to earn a salary between $37,000 and $56,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $49,000 per year. While a positive relationship exists between experience and earning capacity, PayScale notes that entry-level community workers can still earn a competitive average salary of approximately $48,000 per year.
PayScale notes that approximately 80 per cent of community workers have less than 10 years of work experience, indicating that people move from this profession as their careers progress. After gaining experience as a community worker, you may choose to work in a more senior role in management or administration or become involved in policy development.