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Posted on: September 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Become a Direct Support Professional and change lives

DSP with talking with person in wheelchair

Looking for a rewarding job with advancement potential? Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are in great demand. These people work with individuals with developmental disabilities, helping them lead more independent lives and enabling them to access their community.  DSPs:

  • Take people with developmental disabilities into the community to volunteer and enjoy leisure activities
  • Support a person by teaching daily living skills, such as cooking, housekeeping, transportation or other tasks
  • Teach skills that promote greater independence
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Help a person identify their talents, interests, goals and abilities
  • Connect someone to opportunities or places in their community to develop relationships with others
  • Provide job skills training or on-the-job support

The career offers competitive wages with flexible schedules. DSPs can make their own schedules and choose when they wish to work. They also work in a wide variety of settings, helping people in their homes and taking them into the community for entertainment and employment. And DSP work offers job security in a recession-proof industry with career advancement potential where people can become managers, supervisors and even lead a business.

How can I get a job?
Montgomery County has more than 630 certified providers—many of whom are hiring direct support professionals (DSPs) to work in residential, day support or employment settings. You can learn more about local providers, see current job openings by location, and submit your contact information at You can also email us for additional information about local openings.

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