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 career.


What areas can I work in?

You could be working in advisory services, childcare 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.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.

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 still remain fairly good in social care services, with 2018 figures indicating a rise in employment. There are currently 204,610 workers, compared to 202,090 in 2017, a rise of 1.2% since 2017. There is a current demand for more mental health workers and social workers. 

There is expected to be an increase in vacancies for Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners due to the Scottish Government pledging to increase free childcare hours from 16 to 30 hours a week by August 2020. It is increasingly popular to enter this profession through a Modern Apprenticeship in Early Years.

The largest three sub-sectors are still housing support/care at home, care homes for adults and day care of children. Collectively these account for 78% of the social services workforce.

Oxford Economics employment forecasts (commissioned by Skills Development Scotland) suggest that the social care workforce will grow by 5%, or 8,000 jobs, between 2019 and 2029.

Facts and figures

Want to find out more?

The Scottish Social Services Council website has a section called ‘Careers and Education’, with lots of resources, including downloadable careers leaflets.

The Sector Skills Council, Skills for Care and Development, has the ‘A Question of Care’ website with information on careers in care.




Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)
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