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Community Disability Services Practitioner

Community disability services practitioners help people who have disabilities fulfill their goals as participating members of the community. Working as part of a team, community disability services practitioners implement plans that are designed to assist adults, youth and children develop their abilities and expand their opportunities.

  • Avg. Salary $35,126.00
  • Avg. Wage $21.25
  • Minimum Education 1 year post-secondary
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Community Support Practitioner, Disability Support Practitioner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Community and Social Service Workers (4212) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Community and Social Service Workers (E212) 
  • 2011 NOC: Social and community service workers (4212) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Interest Codes
The Community Disability Services Practitioner is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Community and Social Service Workers

Interest in consulting with social assistance recipients and pensioners to advise and aid them in locating and utitizing a variety of community resources; in referring clients to other social services; in counselling clients living in group homes and halfway houses and assisting in pre-release and release planning; in providing crisis intervention and emergency-shelter services; and in co-ordinating volunteer activities of community and social services organizations


Interest in compiling information to participate in the selection and admission of clients to appropriate programs; to assess clients' relevant skill strengths and deficits; and in maintaining contact with other social service agencies and health care providers involved with clients to provide information and obtain feedback on clients' overall progress


Interest in assisting clients to sort out options and develop plans of action, and in implementing and organizing the delivery of life-skills workshops, substance-abuse treatment programs, behaviour management programs, youth services programs and other community and social service programs under the supervision of social workers and health care professionals

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Apr 10, 2017

Community disability services practitioners work with people who have developmental, emotional or physical disabilities. They may specialize in working with people in a particular age group or with people who have a specific type of disability. Duties therefore vary but, in general, community disability services practitioners:

  • assess individuals' abilities and needs
  • assist people with exploring lifestyle, education and career options
  • educate and support individuals to make use of community services related to their recreational, medical, learning, vocational and leisure needs
  • identify programs and employers that provide relevant services and help people access those services
  • assist people in the development and maintenance of support networks
  • facilitate active community living
  • assist with personal care needs
  • provide support, training and guidance to individuals and their families
  • create and maintain records
  • review evidence-based research to inform professional practices.

Community disability services practitioners may work as part of a team of professionals (including doctors, psychologists, teachers and therapists) and family members to develop and implement plans that include behavioural, residential, social or employment goals.

Working Conditions
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Community disability services practitioners work in a variety of settings including homes, workplaces, schools, health care facilities and recreational and leisure centres. Hours of work may vary considerably depending on the work setting. In residential settings, shift work may be required. In other settings, community disability services practitioners may work more regular hours. Some evening hours may be required. Community disability services practitioners may be required to attend meetings or other functions.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Community disability services practitioners need the following characteristics:

  • empathy and respect for others 
  • enthusiasm, a positive attitude and persistence
  • good communication skills including well developed listening skills and the ability to advocate effectively
  • the ability to motivate people
  • good organizational skills
  • the ability to work independently or as part of a team with other professionals
  • a sense of social justices.

They should enjoy helping and working with others and developing innovative approaches and solutions to problems.

Educational Requirements
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Bredin College of Business and Health Care - Red Deer

Robertson College - Calgary NW

Robertson College - Calgary SE

Robertson College - Edmonton

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Simon Fraser University - Burnaby

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Community disability services practitioners work for community based agencies, families, school boards, hospitals, long term care agencies and government programs that provide:

  • employment services for individuals who have disabilities
  • residential supports
  • recreational programs
  • outreach programs.

Some community disability services practitioners are employed as educational assistants in schools (for more information, see the Educational Assistant occupational profile). With additional education or on-the-job training, community disability services practitioners may move into related areas such as employment counselling, disability management or behaviour support management. Experienced community disability services practitioners with related training may move into supervisory or management positions.

Community disability services practitioners are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 4212: Social and community service workers. In Alberta, 76% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 12,200 Albertans are employed in the Community and social service workers occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 354 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As community disability services workers form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for community disability services workers.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Salaries for community disability services practitioners vary considerably depending on work setting and qualifications.

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

Social and community service workers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $13.05 $27.84 $18.68 $17.77
Overall $14.68 $30.20 $21.25 $21.00
Top $17.88 $35.33 $24.46 $22.99

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Educational Services
Health Care & Social Assistance
Information, Culture, Recreation
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related High School Subjects
  • English Language Arts
  • Science
    • Biology
  • Social Studies
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Community Care Services
    • Human and Social Services
  • Media, Design and Communication Arts
    • Communication Technology
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Apr 10, 2017

Alberta Council of Disability Services website:

Community Disability Services website:

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website:

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 14, 2014. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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