Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage staff who provide social services to the public.
Social and community service managers work for nonprofit organizations, private for-profit social service companies, and government agencies. Most work full time.
How to Become a Social and Community Service Manager
Social and community service managers need at least a bachelor’s degree and some work experience. However, many employers prefer candidates who have a master’s degree.
Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly population and increases in demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services.
This occupation supported 132,900 jobs in 2012 and 138,500 jobs in 2014, reflecting an increase of 4.2%. In 2012, this occupation was projected to increase by 20.8% in 2022 to 160,600 jobs. As of 2014, to keep pace with prediction, the expected number of jobs was 138,400, compared with an observed value of 138,500, 0.1% higher than expected. This indicates current employment trends are about on track with the 2012 trend within this occupation. In 2014, this occupation was projected to increase by 9.9% in 2024 to 151,700 jobs. Linear extrapolation of the 2012 projection for 2022 results in an expected number of 166,100 jobs for 2024, 9.5% higher than the 2014 projection for 2024. This indicates expectations for future employment trends are much worse than the 2012 trend within this occupation.