What is a DSP?

What is a DSP?

A DSP is more formally known as a Direct Support Professional. DSPs work with people with disabilities to help them increase their independence and participate in the community.

What is a typical day like for a DSP?

If you are interested in becoming a DSP, you’ll have lots of options. Some DSPs help people with disabilities get jobs. Others focus on transportation or taking people out in the community. Others work in homes, helping with household tasks. Other examples of things you might do:

  • Assist people with cooking, cleaning or personal care.
  • Teach people new skills and encourage them to try new things.
  • Help individuals connect with friends and activities in the community.
  • Provide transportation to work or social events.

    Visit dspcareers.com for more information

    What are the requirements to be a DSP?

    • Have or be willing to pursue a high school diploma or GED (If under 50 years old).
    • Be at least 17 or older.
    • Have or be willing to pursue a valid driver’s license, car insurance and a vehicle.
    • Pass a background check and drug screening.

    Local employers are hiring DSPs for a variety of shifts, including full time, part time, evenings and weekends. This profession is a great fit for those caring for family members, taking GED or college classes or looking for an entry-level job that will lead to a longtime career.

    Are there opportunities for advancement?

    Working as a DSP in the developmental disabilities field can provide a lot of opportunities to advance and learn new skills. DSP’s who participate in continuing education can be eligible for pay raises. The Licking County Board of DD, as well as other state and local agencies provide options to participate in trainings and courses. With experience, DSPs have the opportunity to become managers, program coordinators or administrators.

    How can get started?DSP logo

    It is easy for Licking County residents to get started as a DSP. Go to dspcareers.com and get connected with DSP Employment Connections — which can connect you with  provider agencies in Licking County who are hiring.

    Direct Support Professional (DSP) Employment Connections Overview

    The Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD)  works to educate our community about the critical roles of Direct Support Professionals and connects potential applicants with hiring provider agencies in Licking County. This should not be construed as an application for employment at the LCBDD. Provider agencies will make contact with applicants and conduct interviews as they see fit to further evaluate their suitability for open positions.


    If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please feel free to contact LCBDD’s Provider Relations Team at (740) 349-6588.