Social, Caring and Advisory Services

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Do you want to help and support people with their physical and mental wellbeing? Do you want to make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing social and emotional problems?

If you love working with people and are caring, calm and patient, then you might find working in the social, caring and advisory area a rewarding job.

What areas can I work in?

You could be working in advisory services, child care and education, community education, psychology and counselling, social work or social care. You might specialise in working with adults or children, or help and support people of all ages.

What kind of companies can I work for?

You might work for:

What’s the job market like?

It can be quite difficult to get a job in advisory and counselling services, although there are lots of voluntary opportunities.

Community learning and development work includes adult learning, youth work and a wide range of other community support and development jobs.

Job prospects are likely to remain fairly good, and employment levels in some areas are set to continue to grow. Scotland's population is projected to increase by 9% by 2037. Of this figure, the number of children is to rise by 5% and people of pensionable age by 27%. Although life expectance is increasing, healthy life expectancy hasn't improved significantly since 2008, suggesting that more older people may require care for longer. This is likely to lead to an increase in demand for social care and health services.

The largest three sub-sectors are housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children. Collectively these account for 77% of the social services workforce.

Another trend has been the growth of the private and voluntary sectors in social services, as local authorities contract out care services to save money due to lower budgets. The private sector has the largest share and accounts for two thirds of the social services workforce; the public sector just under one third and the voluntary sector for a quarter of the workforce.

Facts and figures

Want to find out more?

The Scottish Social Services Council website has a section called ‘Your Career in Care’, with lots of resources.

The website for the Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, has a section called ‘Careers in Care’ with useful information.


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