Become a Direct Support Professional

Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to live fulfilling lives in the community.

To be a successful DSP, a person must be adaptable, resourceful, compassionate, and creative. It requires a high degree of responsibility and skill. DSPs also support people to find belonging in all they do – like going to a ball game, working and earning in a job they enjoy, or meeting up with friends.

When you become a Direct Support Professional with The Arc, you will quickly realize It’s Where You Belong! People find their calling as a DSP when they enjoy the human connections, impact on others’ lives, and opportunities to learn and teach along the way! 

Becoming a DSP with The Arc

Chapters of The Arc around Maryland are searching for people ready to start or further their careers in Direct Care right now! Click the links below to find out what positions are open in a chapter near you today. Don’t miss the opportunity to become a DSP – It’s Where You Belong!

The Arc Baltimore The Arc Montgomery County
The Arc Carroll County The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region
The Arc Central Chesapeake Region The Arc Prince George’s County
The Arc of Frederick County The Arc Southern Maryland
The Arc Howard County The Arc Washington County


Why Did You Become a DSP?

I became a Direct Support Professional 25 years ago and haven’t thought twice about changing my career. I love seeing the individuals I work with enjoy the little things in life and being part of making it happen.

– Annie, The Arc Howard County

I love helping individuals and giving back to the community! Genuine happiness is something you can’t buy. I love my job!

– Brionna, The Arc Washington County

I became a DSP because I enjoy helping people and I love doing something different everyday.

– Claudine, The Arc Carroll County

I enjoy helping individuals live the life they want to live!

– Corrine, The Arc of Frederick County