Jobs in Social and Community Services

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“If you want to get into this sector, show that you’re committed by volunteering for St John or a service club.”

  

 

What work could I do? »

Find out what type of work you could do, and what roles you could end up in if you took the Social and Community Services pathway.

Community services

Careers adviser, community worker, counsellor, psychologist (clinical, criminal justice, educational), funeral director/embalmer, home aide, life coach, early childhood educator, social worker, teacher, support worker, therapist (art, music, occupational therapy, psychotherapy).

Defence

Combat/warfare specialist, communications operator, driver, engineering officer, fire-fighter, gunner/ rifleman, medic, mapmaker, pilot, steward, technician/specialist (aircraft, avionics, electronics, hydrographic, ICT, logistics, supply and others).

Emergency services and protection

Ambulance officer/paramedic, animal control officer, border protection/bio-security officer, corrections officer, criminologist, customs officer, conservation worker/manager, emergency management officer, environmental health officer, fire-fighter, fisheries officer, health and safety inspector, immigration officer, loss prevention officer, parking warden, personal protection officer, police officer/detective, private investigator, probation officer.

Health and health care services

Nurse (community, district, hospital, mental health, plunket, practice, public health), nurse aide, midwife, health and safety officer, health care assistant, health promoter/educator, caregiver, rest home manager.

What industries could I work in?

Public sector, education, healthcare and medicine, community and social services, defence, emergency services, protection and security, Whānau Ora.

Where might I end up?

This is a sector where you’ll get continual development if you want it. No matter what level you enter, you can progress quickly if you are committed to your job and willing to take on further study. You could start off as a support worker or recruit and work your way up to being a team leader, crew leader, or manager. Or start working as a hospital orderly and study and work your way to becoming a nurse. With core skills and experience in one industry you will be able to change careers by moving into a related industry.

Job profiles for the Social and Community Services sector »

Browse listings of jobs, link to information on the Careers New Zealand website, and see what level of qualification you might need for different jobs in this sector.

There are a huge number of roles and occupations available in this sector, ranging from entry level through to high level.

NCEA level 2 is the minimum you need for entry level jobs or apprenticeships. This gives you a good foundation in the skills and competencies you will need to go further. For other roles, you’ll definitely need to further your education after school by undertaking tertiary study or training on the job.

More information about all the roles listed here can be found on the Careers New Zealand website, along with key information about the job, what it pays, and current opportunities.

To find out the pay, prospects, and study costs of a number of jobs you can also check out the Occupation Outlook.

The asterisks in the following table show the level (or levels) of qualification usually associated with the role.

Sometimes you need a specific qualification to get into a job, but in many areas you can work towards higher qualifications by learning on the job. Check out the job profiles on Careers NZ, or talk to your careers advisor to find out more.

 

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3–4–5

5–6

7

8–10

 
NCEA Level 2
Certificate
Diploma
Degree
Postgraduate degree

Acupuncturist

     

 

Air Force Airman/Airwoman

 

Air Force Officer

 

Anaesthetic Technician

   

 

Anaesthetist

     

Animal Care Attendant

     

Army Officer

 

Army Soldier

 

Audiologist/Audiometrist

   

Biomedical Engineer

     

Biomedical Technician (Mechanical and Electronic)

   

 

Biosecurity Officer

   

 

Building Surveyor

 

 

Cardiac Physiologist

   

 

Career Consultant

   

 ✽

Case Manager

     

Chiropractor

     

 

Clinical Coder

     

Community Karitane

 

     

Community Worker

 

   

Conservator

       

Corrections Officer

         

Counsellor

   

   

Court/Legal Clerk

       

Curator

       

Customs Officer

 

 

Dental Assistant

     

Dental Hygienist

     

 

Dental Technician

     

Dental Therapist

     

 

Dentist

     

Diagnostic Radiologist

     

Dietitian

     

Dispensing Optician

 

     

Diversional Therapist

     

Early Childhood Teacher

   

 

Elected Government Representative

Emergency Management Officer

         

Environmental Health Officer

     

 

Environmental Scientist

     

Firefighter

     

Fishery Officer

 

   

Foreign Policy Officer

     

Forensic Scientist

     

General Practitioner

       

Gynaecologist/Obstetrician

       

Health and Safety Inspector

 

 

 

Health Promoter

 

 

Health Services Manager

     

Immigration Officer

   

 

Intelligence Officer

     

 

Interpreter

 

 

Judge

       

Kaiwhakaako Māori

     

Librarian

   

Library Assistant

 

   

Medical Laboratory Scientist

     

Medical Laboratory Technician

 

     

Medical Radiation Technologist

     

Medical Physicist

     

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Midwife

     

 

Minister of Religion

 

Nanny/Child Carer

     

Naturopath

   

Navy Officer

 

 

Navy Sailor

   

Nursing Support and Care Worker

 

   

Occupational Therapist

     

 

Optometrist

     

 

Osteopath

       

Paramedic

   

   

Parking Warden

         

Pathologist

       

Pharmacist

     

 

Pharmacy Technician

 

     

Phlebotomist

 

   

Physician

       

Physiotherapist

     

 

Podiatrist

     

 

Police Officer

 

 

Policy Analyst

     

Primary School Teacher

   

 

Private Teacher/Tutor

     

 

Probation Officer

 

 

Psychiatrist

     

Psychologist

     

Quarantine Officer

     

 

Radiation Oncologist

       

Radiation Therapist

     

Ranger

         

Recreation Co-ordinator

 

 

Registered Nurse

     

Secondary School Teacher

     

Security Officer/Guard

 

 

     

Social Worker

   

 

Speech-Language Therapist

     

Statistician

     

Sterilising Technician

 

     

Surgeon

       

Teacher Aide

   

   

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

   

 

Tertiary Lecturer

     

Translator

 

 

Urban/Regional Planner

     

Veterinarian

     

 

Veterinary Nurse

   

   

Youth Worker

 

Zookeeper

 

 
   

Zoologist

     

Find out more

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