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Choosing a Career in Community Support & Social Services

Choosing a career in community support and social services is a wonderful way to support the community through a challenging and rewarding job. 

What to Expect from a Job as a Community Support, Social Services, or Addictions Worker

A career in community support, social work, or addictions services is suited to people who are passionate about helping others, and who like to be challenged and have their perspectives broadened through working with members of different communities. If this sounds like you, take the first step towards an exciting new career today!

Jobs you can get with certification in community support and/or social services include:

  • Family service worker
  • Aboriginal outreach worker
  • Community development worker
  • Child & youth outreach
  • Crisis intervention worker
  • Drop-in centre worker
  • Life skills instructor
  • Family service worker
  • Addictions worker
  • Rehabilitation worker – social services
  • Women’s shelter supervisor
  • Veteran services officer
  • Group home worker
  • Mental health services
  • Social services worker
  • Developmental service worker
  • And more

SELC’s Community Support and Social Worker diploma programs are flexible, so you can work your education around your life and responsibilities. Opportunities are available to study both on campus and online with different scheduling options. 



Need for Community Support & Social Services Professionals in BC

British Columbia is facing both a housing crisis and an uptick in substance use, which means that folks who are unhoused, living in poverty, and/or struggling with addiction are in need of support now more than ever. Because of this, there is currently a great need for community support, social services, and addictions workers in BC. If you have ever had an interest in pursuing a career in this field, now is the best time to act because there is a genuine need for community support professionals. There are many jobs available and you will have the opportunity to help marginalized communities who need it. 

Ready for an in-demand career that helps people and provides opportunities for personal growth?

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