Profession social security officer

Social security officers advise clients on social security benefits and ensure they claim the benefits they are eligible for, as well as providing advice on promotions and other available support services such as employment benefits. They aid clients in applications for benefits such as sickness, maternity, pensions, invalidity, unemployment and family benefits. They investigate the client's right to benefits by reviewing their case and researching legislation and the claim, and suggest an appropriate course of action. Social security advisers also determine the aspects of a specific benefit.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Investigative

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Knowledge

  • Government social security programmes

    The different areas of social security provided by the government, the different rights which citizens have, which benefits are available, the rules which regulate social security and the different situations in which they apply.

  • Social security law

    Legislation concerning the protection of individuals and the provision of aid and benefits, such as health insurance benefits, unemployment benefits, welfare programs and other government-provided social security.

Skills

  • Investigate social security applications

    Investigate the eligibility of citizens applying for social security benefits by examining documents, interviewing the citizen, and researching the related legislation.

  • Protect client interests

    Protect the interests and needs of a client by taking necessary actions, and researching all possibilities, to ensure that the client obtains their favoured outcome.

  • Check official documents

    Check an individuals' official documentation, such as driver's licenses and identification, to ensure compliance with legal regulations, and to identify and assess individuals.

  • Administer appointments

    Accept, schedule and cancel appointments.

  • Respond to enquiries

    Respond to enquiries and requests for information from other organisations and members of the public.

  • Ensure information transparency

    Ensure that required or requested information is provided clearly and completely, in a manner which does not explicitly withhold information, to the public or requesting parties.

  • Advise on social security benefits

    Advise citizens on government-regulated benefits they are eligible for, such as unemployment benefits, family benefits, and other social security benefits.

  • Apply technical communication skills

    Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

  • Provide necessary documents

    Provide access to and information on the necessary documentation the client needs to process, and inform on regulations concerning the procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

handle financial transactions show empathy employment law liaise with local authorities create solutions to problems manage administrative systems public housing legislation provide legal advice legal research observe confidentiality identify clients' needs comply with legal regulations show intercultural awareness establish collaborative relations maintain relations with local representatives