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10 reasons to start a career in community services

by Amanda Collins

There’s no doubt that community service is a growth career. Growth for jobs, growth for clients, and personal growth for those who work in the sector.

This week, we examine the industry in more detail, and also take a look at the top ten reasons you may want to consider the community services sector for your career.

Reasons to start a career in community services

Make a real difference in people’s lives

Working in community services, you have an immediate and profound impact on the welfare of vulnerable people.

Every single day you make a difference to the quality of people’s lives. Your actions help those who are struggling the most to build better lives, and to give them hope for a brighter future.

You also help to build stronger, more inclusive communities.

What an amazing career. Can you imagine the job satisfaction you would get from that?!

Job variety: one qualification, lots of roles

Unlike a lot of other job sectors, community services gives employees a huge selection of client areas to work in.

This means that you can try out a number of different areas, before settling on the one that you are really passionate about. It also gives you room to move if you feel stagnant in a particular job or area.

Client areas in the community services sector include:

  • Aged care
  • Disability services
  • Indigenous and multicultural support
  • Asylum seekers and refugee services
  • Mental health and counselling
  • Child protection
  • Family services
  • Schools
  • Emergency relief
  • Youth justice
  • Housing and community development

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Watch people grow

With your help, advice, advocacy, and support, your clients will grow. They will live fuller lives because of you.

As a community worker, you get the satisfaction of seeing the results of your care play out before your eyes in the lives of your clients.

Be a hero (advocate for the rights of people who can’t fight for themselves)

Basically, as a community services worker, you are a superhero. You take on and fight for the rights of your clients, who often are people that can’t fight for themselves.

Going into bat for your clients, you tackle the social, legal and economic barriers that trap people and keep them under.

What an absolute hero!

Room to move and build a career

There are around 50 different roles that come under the community services banner, ensuring that employees have plenty of room to move, change, structure and build a career.

Just some of the roles out there include:

  • Case Worker
  • Crisis Intervention Worker
  • Case Management Supervisor
  • Community Services Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Support Case Worker
  • Team Manager
  • Advocate
  • Counsellor
  • Community Development Officer
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Welfare Worker
  • Community Care Coordinator
  • Halfway House Supervisor
  • Women’s Centre Program Supervisor

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Huge growth area

According to statistics, the community services sector will create one in four new jobs by 2018. The industry is booming and the jobs are there for people seeking a career in the industry.

So if you’re looking for a sustainable career that will offer job opportunities and long term employment, then community services may be the answer.

Work in not-for-profit, government or private sectors

Community service workers have the ability to work in all the major sectors: not-for-profit, government and private.

Each sector comes with its own perks and benefits, so workers can pick which sector benefits them the most, and delivers the most job satisfaction.

Work in regional and remote areas, as well as cities

Community service workers are needed nationwide, in big and small cities, regional towns, as well as rural and remote locations.

The bonus of this nationwide demand is that workers have a lot of options when it comes to where they want to live and work.

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Job security

Couple the booming industry growth with an ageing population, and community welfare workers are assured of a steady stream of work, both today and in the future. And who doesn’t love a bit of job security!

Personal growth

Giving back to society provides you with a sense of satisfaction, and makes you feel good about yourself. Meanwhile, the interesting challenges involved in the career push you to stretch and grow as a person, and the relationships you develop as you assist and guide people make you a more empathetic, understanding and wise person.

Not a lot of other careers can do all that!

Interested in a community services career?

Studying community services online with Open Colleges will give you the skills, knowledge and qualifications that you need to launch your career. There are no deadlines and no classrooms, you simply study where you want, when you want. Enrol today and start tomorrow!

6 Responses

  1. Angel Cosip says:

    Hi, if i could ask you about posting some information for courses like hospitality/chef courses? Thank you,
    Angel C.
    (Yr 12)

    • Sarah MacDiarmid says:

      Hi Angel,

      Thanks for your feedback! We’ll definitely look into adding some more hospitality posts to In the Loop. Until then, you can find some more information about this career path here:

      We offer a number of Hospitality courses, here is the link: to find out more. If you fill in the form at the top of the page you can download a course guide for free. The best thing to do is to contact one of our Enrolment Consultants to talk you through your potential options. You can reach them on 1300 365 137, or click this link and we will get back to you. Hope to hear from you. Best of luck and let us know if you have more questions.

      Thanks, Sarah OC Team

  2. Shane Glover says:

    Yes! I completely agreed with the fact that career in community service is beneficial for us. It helps to grow our career in a better way, here in this article, we learn some basic tips on how to improve our career in community service and how to maintain this success. But the question arises, why we choose a career in community service and this article highlighting some beneficial points in this regards.

  3. Ashley says:

    I liked that you said that one thing to consider when you are debating whether or not to begin a career in the medical field is that you will have the opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives. I have been trying to find a career path that would help me to feel like I’m making a difference in the world but I haven’t been sure which path to take. I will be sure to consider taking medical courses and becoming qualified to work in this field so that I can feel successful in helping society.

  4. gazza dando says:

    just a qustion what awards would you work under if you were a manager of a community service???

    • Malini Das says:

      Hi Gazza, Thanks for connecting. For specific course outcomes the best thing to do is to contact one of our Enrolment Consultants to talk you through your potential options. You can reach them on 1300 365 137, or click this link / and we’ll get back to you. Thanks, Open Colleges team

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