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How to Become a DHS Worker

Working for the Department of Human Services can be a rewarding career as you get to make a significant difference in the lives of others. Before you can get a job in this department, you must go through the appropriate amount of education and training. Depending on the position that you are applying for, you may also need to become certified. Once you go through this process, you can begin helping people in negative situations.

Finish your high school education. If you want to get a job as an assistant at DHS, this will be the minimum amount of education that you will have to complete. If you wish to become a social worker at DHS, you will need to at least have a bachelor's degree and possibly a master's degree in sociology, psychology or some other related field.

Become licensed to work as a social worker in your state. Each state has specific guidelines about the type of license that you must have before you can work as a social worker. Typically, you must complete a certain number of clinic hours before you can become licensed.

Become certified as a social worker. The National Association of Social Workers offers a certification, on top of licensing, that you can obtain by taking a test and meeting other qualification guidelines. While this is not required to work at DHS, it can help your chances of landing a job.

Apply for a job at the Department of Human Services. You can visit your local DHS office and fill out an application or drop off a resume. When an opening is available, you can interview for the job and if you meet the qualifications, you may be offered a position.


Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.