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Social care

Are you passionate about caring for others? A career in social care could be perfect for you.

What impact could you make?

Apply your skills to care for others and support them to lead independent and fulfilling lives. 
Make positive changes to improve people’s quality of life.  The work may be challenging at times, but it'll be rewarding too.
Work in a variety of environments and connect with lots of different people. 
A young person entering this industry can expect a career working their way up from the bottom to the top. I started as a trainee and worked my way up to a senior practitioner.HayleySenior Practitioner 

Social care at a glance

There are a lot of routes you could take in social care. You might work with the public, giving you the chance to meet and care for a range of people with unique backgrounds and needs. 

You could also provide support from behind-the-scenes. By working as an accountant, chef, software designer or something else, you'll have a positive impact on the care people receive.

No matter what role you choose, working in social care changes lives for the better.


In 2023, there were around 187,400 people working in Scotland’s social care industry.

Job availability

Between 2023 and 2026, it's expected there will be 18,000 people needed to fill job openings in Scotland.

Job diversity

As of October 2023, there are 5,973 Modern Apprentices in training across sport, health and social care.

Things you may not know about social care

One in 13 people employed across Scotland work in social services.

Source: Scottish Social Services Council

Many employers in social care are moving towards value-based recruitment. This means they’re looking for people who hold the key values they need.

Source: Scottish Social Services Council

There are over 10,000 social workers registered with the Scottish Social Services Council in Scotland.

Source: Scottish Social Services Council

Organisations making a difference

Discover some of the organisations within social care and how they’re making an impact on the industry.