Social Service Careers

The social service sector provides services for the well-being of the community and assists disadvantaged individuals in dealing with life’s challenges. As the statutory body in charge of the sector, the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) is the coordinating body for more than 450 Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) offering more than 2,100 social service programmes. To support these programmes, the sector’s manpower is projected to grow at an average of 5 per cent annually. Today, we have some 13,000 social service professionals serving different groups of people in need.

Discover how you can make a difference in the lives of many – dive into the social service sector and join the ranks of our social service professionals!

Our efforts are focussed on the following key social causes:
  • Nurturing children and youths for success
  • Empowering persons with disabilities to live independently
  • Keeping families together
  • Helping the elderly live with dignity
Professions such as social workers, therapists, psychologists, special education/early intervention teachers, social service assistants and administrative personnel are very much in demand. If you decide to pursue any of these rewarding roles, you have myriad opportunities to work with children, youths, families, people with disabilities and the elderly.

Learn all about the social service sector, find out how you can chart a meaningful career as a social service professional and discover a variety of resources to aid you in your professional and personal journey in the sector.

Some people have physical or developmental challenges that can make it difficult to perform even simple tasks, such as speak, get dressed, walk and move in other ways. That’s why therapists have important functions at schools, rehabilitation centres and therapy hubs. They are specially trained in speech and language therapy, physio therapy or occupational therapy to provide the best support available. And like Frances and her colleagues will tell you, they have a great work environment and a strong bond between them. Watch Francis and her colleagues' video on becoming a therapist. For more information on Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Therapist click here.

Social Worker
Social work is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose, as you will be helping people deal with their life challenges. You will be a vital part of the community, and will be surrounded by likeminded colleagues. And as Isaac will tell you, not a single day will be the same. Watch Isaac's video on being a social worker. For more information on social worker click here.

Social Worker
Singapore has a growing need for Social Workers, who can be there for individuals and families who are going through life challenges. As Nurfizah will show you, being a Social Worker offers an exciting and hands-on career that lets you contribute to society in a meaningful way. Watch Nurfizah's video on being a social worker. For more information on social worker click here.

Early Intervention Teacher
Early Intervention (EIPIC) Teachers are some of the most important support persons for children with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families. As Vidhya will show you, it is a career where every day will be filled with joy, challenges and supportive co-workers, as you help the children overcome their hurdles and maximise  their potential. Watch Vidhya's video on becoming an early intervention teacher. For more information on Early Intervention Teacher click here.

Corporate Functions
The Social Service Sector is a highly professionalised sector with important corporate functions to help the organisations run smoothly and efficiently. To reach and help as many people as possible, the sector employs highly trained professionals from a range of industries. Like Yasmin, a HR director who came into social service to fulfil her goals of helping others, and at the same time have a genuinely fulfilling career. Watch Yasmin's video on some of the corporate functions in social service.
For more information on Corporate Function roles click here.

Special Education Teacher
As the number of children with special needs grow in Singapore, the social service sector has an increasing need for Special Education Teachers who can help these children acquire life skills and integrate into society. The focus of SPED teachers like Pauline, is always to help each child and an individual in the best possible way. It is an exceptionally rewarding job to have.
Watch Pauline's video on becoming a special education teacher. For more information on Special Education Teacher click here.


Scholarships and Awards

Are you looking to further your studies in social service-related programmes? We invite you to apply for our scholarships or awards.

We offer scholarships and awards to outstanding individuals with strong leadership qualities, a passion for the social service sector and an unwavering commitment to pursue their studies in social work and other social-service related disciplines. You’ll be able to deepen your knowledge, develop your skills, experience an enriching learning journey and be recognised for your dedication to the community.

Depending on which phase you’re at and the type of further studies you’re looking for, there are a variety of scholarships or awards that you can apply for:  

Check out the various scholarships and awards available: