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Social services, health and sports

Sports students in a wagon in the forest. Photo: Jyrki Vesa

Qualifications in Social Services, Health and Sports (vocational qualifications, further qualifications and specialist qualifications) impart skills needed for tasks in the social, health, sports, and beauty care fields. Jobs are offered by enterprises and public organisations providing health, rehabilitation, sports, hair care, and beauty care services.

These include

  • health centres
  • hospital
  • rehabilitation units
  • medical centres and oral health care units
  • sports and social services units (e.g., operating environments of early childhood education and care for the elderly, intoxicant abusers, and the disabled)
  • exercise and sports clubs
  • hair and beauty care salons.

The work may also be carried out in a customer’s home or various home-like settings.

The services aim to improve the customers’ or patients’ health, wellbeing and ability to function, prevent health and social hazards, increase people’s safety, and provide them with beauty services and pleasure, aesthetic experiences, and comfort.

Those working in this field need good interaction, cooperation, and customer service skills, flexibility, and organizational abilities. Professionals in this field observe vocational ethics, the knowledge base of the field, and regulations in their work. They give due consideration to safety and have a responsible attitude toward their work. The field requires an understanding of human nature, good language skills, and knowledge of other cultures.

The work is customer-oriented and variable, and it offers plenty of opportunities to move from one task to another in the field. The possibilities of progressing to further studies and enterprising activities in the field are excellent. The tasks require a good level of physical ability to function, mental balance, and the ability to interact with different people. The applicable legislation imposes requirements on the employee’s state of health.

The employment outlook in the field is extremely good, and skilled labour is in demand. The demand for labour may vary from one area and profession to another.

Depending on the task and job, the work may be daytime or shift work.