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Social assistance professionals offer services for clients, communities and families. They operate in a wide variety of areas, including psychology, rehabilitation and social work. Professionals in this field work independently and as part of large and small organizations to advocate for and improve the lives of those they serve.  

Academic Pursuits

The social assistance industry needs passionate professionals from all backgrounds who are dedicated to improving communities, families, and individuals. Through classroom instruction and exposure to a variety of Oshkosh-area social organizations, students graduate with a clear idea of who they want to be and how they want to make an impact.  

Students who want to work in the social assistance field can meld their interests and talents into an incredibly meaningful career. UW Oshkosh alumni who currently work in the social assistance sector have studied: 

  • Accounting 
  • Advertising  
  • Applied Computing  
  • Communication Studies 
  • Computer Science  
  • Criminal Justice  
  • Early Childhood Education  
  • Environmental Health 
  • Environmental Studies  
  • Foreign Languages  
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Human Service Leadership  
  • Information Systems 
  • Interactive Web Management 
  • International Studies  
  • Leadership and Organizational Studies 
  • Leadership and Organizational Development 
  • Liberal Studies 
  • Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Nursing  
  • Philosophy 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Relations 
  • Social Work 
  • Sociology 
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 

Average Starting Salary

The average salary for UW Oshkosh graduates who are working in this field within the first year of graduating

UW Oshkosh also offers minors and certificates that can accompany any major and provide you with a specific additional focus. 

  • AfricanAmerican Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Asian Studies 
  • Behavioral Science  
  • Bilingual Education (Hmong or Spanish) 
  • Business Administration 
  • Civic Engagement 
  • Coaching  
  • Community Health Studies  
  • Computer Science 
  • English as a Second Language 
  • Global Scholar  
  • Health, Humanities and Society 
  • Humanities  
  • Indigenous Studies  
  • Law and Policy 
  • LGBTQ Studies  
  • Operations Research 
  • Organizational Communication 
  • Professional Communication  
  • Social Justice 
  • Sustainability and Social Change 
  • Sustainability Education  
  • Teachers of English to Other Languages 

Job Outlook

The employment outlook in the education sector varies greatly depending on the location. From 2020–2030, the following occupations are projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations: 


Social Workers


Social and Human Service Assistants


Community Service Managers



Case manager, family advocate, health and wellness coordinator, marriage and family counselor, mental health counselor, prevention coordinator, Peace Corps volunteer, rehabilitation counselor, school and career counselors and advisor, social and community service manager, translator, volunteer coordinator, youth and family program coordinator, youth counselor 


Accountant and finance administrator, human resources specialist, social media and marketing manager 


  • Empathy 
  • Organization 
  • Self-care 
  • Advocacy 
  • Commitment 
  • Collaboration 
  • Active listening 
  • Patience 
  • Communication 

Work in the Education Field

Our alumni who work in this field have worked with the following organizations.

Salary and employment statistics for UW Oshkosh graduates are self reported and given based on their experiences and opportunities they secured within 9 months after graduation. Data is pulled from the UW Oshkosh First Destination Survey and is an average of reported data from the previous three years.

Career & Professional Development

(920) 424-2181

Student Success Center, Suite 125
750 Elmwood Ave.
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Oshkosh Campus

  • M–F: 7:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Fox Cities Campus Advisor Hours

  • Fox Cities Hours: Mondays (days will vary) in the Solution Center
  • Schedule appointments via Handshake
  • Services only offered when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms.