What does a Community Support Specialist do?

Community support specialists create programs that provide public assistance to community members in need, including childcare service programs for the mentally ill. They strive to help and empower vulnerable community members to develop themselves and improve their lives. They are a resource for individuals interested in seeking emergency assistance, housing, financial help, or other forms of public health, and provide information and assistance.

Community support specialists accompany clients to medical appointments and community activities, and interview potential clients and family members using the information to compile a file related to their backgrounds. Community support specialists follow up on meetings and community activities and offer advice or information regarding resources including proper financial management or childcare services. Community support specialists play a vital role as members of an action team and need an associate's degree or higher in communications, social work, or related fields.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
29%
5 - 7
8%
8+
42%

Common Skill Sets

Russian
Mandarin
Spanish Speaking
Bicultural
Motivational Interviewing
Writing
CPR First Aid
Excellent Communication

Community Support Specialist Seniority Levels

Social Worker
32% made the transition
Clinical Case Manager
8% made the transition
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Community Support Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$37,224 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $37K
$53K
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