Careers in social care

If you’re passionate about helping people there are lots of different job roles in social care to choose from. There are also plenty of opportunities to progress or specialise in a particular area.

Depending on your skills and interests, you could choose to focus on a career pathway that takes you into:

  • Specialist areas such as dementia, learning difficulties, physical or sensory impairment, end of life care
  • Team leader and management roles
  • Regulated roles like social work, nursing or counselling
  • Support areas, for example as a trainer or advisor
  • Lifestyle support as a Personal Assistant

Featured Careers

Care and Support Workers
Nursing in social care
Nursing roles in social care
Registered Manager
Registered Managers
Personal Assistant and client on beach
Personal Assistants

What are the benefits?

As well as a variety of job roles, you can choose to work in different settings – residential care, hospitals or supporting people in their own homes or in the community.

Many social care employers offer flexible working hours so you can work around your other commitments.

There are lots of free training opportunities which will enable you progress your career and even move into a registered profession without any fees or student loans.

The skills and experience you gain throughout your career will always be in demand so you’ll always have job security.

Making a difference to another person’s life makes working in social care a rewarding career choice.

Ready for a career in social care?

Visit our Get Started page for more information about starting your social care career and the support available in Cornwall.

To find out more about the roles and progression routes in adult social care, see this interactive guide from Skills for Care. It contains case studies and links on all of the different careers in social care including supporting roles: Social care a rewarding career (

If you’re still not sure, try these free online quizzes to find out if a career in health and care is right for you:

Social Care – Could you care?

Health – Let’s find your health career

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