Direct Support Professional

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Direct Support Professionals provide services to children & adults with developmental disabilities, as well as the elderly. Our mission is to help our consumers live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Depending on the needs of the consumers, Direct Support Professionals provide assistance with living skills development, health maintenance and medication administration, personal care, and behavioral development.

Direct Support Professionals work in a number of settings including Group Homes (small residential homes that serve 2-5 people), Day Programs (living skills & pre-employment training), Home & community Based Services (in-home care and supports), and Vocational Rehabilitation (job skill training and job placement).

Working under the direction of a Program Manager, Direct Support Professionals work to provide services that enrich the lives of our consumers. An emphasis is placed on creating a family-like environment that encourages the consumers to experience a full life. Direct Support Professionals assist the consumers in participating in traditional daily and weekly activities such as shopping at the grocery store, going to movies, enjoying hobbies, etc. Direct Support Professionals also advocate for consumers to be fully integrated into community life.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
2,090
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
2,573
Jobs Percentage Change: 
23.1%
Total Annual Openings: 
93
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$10.27
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$13.69
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$15.41
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 

Education Levels:

This job requires a minimum of a GED or a High School Diploma and on-the-job training. Please consult your Case Manager for specific details about this opportunities.
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
No
Coding License Required: 
No
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction