Most jobs are with local authorities, but there are also jobs with housing associations and voluntary bodies.
You need a good general education. Some employers may expect you to have or be working towards Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Social Services and Healthcare at SCQF Level 6 to meet the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registration within a certain timescale.
Many employers insist you have a current health and hygiene certificate or a first aid certificate.
Experience of working in a housing or social care setting is usually required.
You would be expected to have a current knowledge of procedures, standards and legislation.
A driving licence is useful and may be essential for some jobs.
For many people this is a second career.
You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of work. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.