Direct Support Professionals

Direct support professionals (DSPs) generally support people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who need personal care and other assistance in order to be self-sufficient. DSPs provide this support to people in their homes, at their jobs, and in their neighborhoods and communities. To learn more about this work, go to the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals at

Training Requirements:

Working as a direct support professional requires special skills, knowledge and ethical judgment, but classroom training is usually brief. Most of the skills needed are learned on the job.

* We also encourage you to watch the video describing a Direct Support Professional position, which you can access on the Employment Page.