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Choosing Your Career Path: What Jobs are Available in Care?

Health and social care is a broad term. If you’re thinking of getting your foot in the door, there are many types of jobs in social care to choose from. 

Wondering what jobs in health and social care could work for you? Here are a few of the most sought-after jobs.

Social Worker

Social workers work with vulnerable people from all walks of life and aim to find a solution to their problems. You may also help protect vulnerable people from abuse and harm. 

The problems you work with may be varied. They include family breakdowns, mental health crises, drug abuse, child abuse, unemployment, educational challenges, disabilities, and even poverty. 

To become a social worker, you must be registered with Social Work England. You’ll also need to complete an approved degree or postgraduate programme. 

Rehabilitation Worker

Rehabilitation workers work directly with vulnerable people and encourage them to live independently. They may be experiencing issues such as hearing loss, substance abuse, physical or emotional disabilities, and mental health issues. 

Your job will be to carry out assessments in the community and identify what care your patient needs. You’ll work with other professionals to ensure they get the appropriate care, and you may even provide practical advice or organise activities to help your patient embrace their new lifestyle. 

There are no formal qualifications required to become a rehabilitation worker. However, your employer may require you to have GCSEs in English and maths, and it can be helpful to obtain a diploma in Health and Social Care. 


Carers help support vulnerable people with all aspects of their day-to-day life, including physical and social activities, mobility, personal care, and mealtimes. So, what does working in a care home involve? 

You’ll carry out a broad selection of tasks, including washing and dressing, paying bills, providing support and company, and much more. There are many pros and cons to working in a care home, but most people that choose this route find it incredibly rewarding. You may also choose to be a home carer who ventures out into the community and offers support in your patient's homes. 

Formal qualifications are not required to become a carer. However, you may need a certain amount of GCSEs, and your employer will usually enrol you in in-depth training before you start your role. 

Housing Support Officer

Housing support officers support vulnerable people to live independently and help them to keep hold of their tenancy. You may work in various settings, including hostels for the homeless, supported living, or sheltered accommodation. 

You’ll advise people how to live independently and present them with the resources they need to find a good housing option. 

No formal qualifications are required. However, it may be useful to take a diploma in health and social care or a certificate in housing practice. 

Final Thoughts

If you’re ready to launch a new career in health and social care, you’re not short of options to choose from. Roles are varied and rewarding, and you’ll find something to suit everyone. For more information on careers in health and social care, contact Kent Care Professionals today.

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