Financial Assistance Worker

A financial assistance worker is an individual who works with low income members of the population who need financial assistance for buying basic goods. Financial assistance workers are sometimes called “welfare workers” and are usually employed by either the government or non-profit agencies that offer assistance to those in need of help. Most people who enter this profession do so because they have a true desire to help people who are less fortunate. Financial assistance workers want to have a positive influence and help people who need encouragement and advice. Many financial assistance workers are also social workers with bachelor’s degrees or master’s degrees who have been trained to work in the civil service realm and who are knowledgeable about programs and services that are available to those who qualify for assistance. The specific job duties of a financial assistance worker can be broad ranging from helping negotiate reduction in money due to hospital or doctor’s offices or assisting individuals in finding low-income housing. In order to be successful in this profession a requirement is to know the ins and outs of all the financial assistance programs that are available. The salary for a financial assistance worker is listed as approximately $43000 per year but workers in this profession are not usually overly concerned as much with their own level of personal income as they are with helping others better their lives. As www.wisegeek.com states professional financial assistance worker must have a “service-oriented personal ethic.”

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $43000
High Salary: $47000
Low Salary: $39000
Tasks: Works with low income individuals.
Wants to help the less fortunate.
Knows about programs and services available to those in need.
Finds low income housing options.
Also Called: Welfare Worker
Social Services Worker
Governmental Assistance Worker
Social Worker
Additional Resources: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-welfare-worker.htm
http://www.payscale.com/Job_Description/Welfare_Eligibility_Workers_and_Interviewers
http://occupationalinfo.org/onet/53502.html