Help People Get Back On Their Feet By Earning A Human Services Degree

A Human Services degree could be just what you need to put your people skills to good use, allowing you to enter the workforce as a social or human service assistant. People who work in human services continually give back to their communities. The need for mental health and substance abuse professionals as the Baby Boomer population is expected to increase the number of social and human service assistants by as much as 23 percent over the next ten years. This employment growth rate is faster than the average for all occupations (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).

Human Services degree holders are qualified for a variety of job titles, including:

  • human-servicesCase management aide
  • Client advocate
  • Community outreach worker
  • Community support worker
  • Gerontology aide
  • Life skills counselor
  • Mental health aide
  • Psychological aide
  • Social work assistant
  • Youth worker

In any of these positions, you can expect to work in a variety of environments including schools, government organizations, rehabilitation centers, group homes, and other healthcare  facilities.

Job Responsibilities in Human Services

With a Human Services degree, you can provide services to help people improve their quality of life. You'll be able to assess clients' needs and find out if they're eligible for benefits like food stamps, Medicaid, welfare, and transportation services. Once you become a practitioner in this field, you can expect to:

  • Complete intake interviews
  • Develop client goals and design and implement a rehabilitation plan
  • Facilitate a group environment
  • Learn about family structures, human development, and psychology
  • Work with a diverse population

A Human Services Associate’s degree can give you academic and real-world experience to start working directly with people in difficult situations. Through coursework, you will be prepared to face challenges that many people encounter in today's society. Course topics may include:

  • Career development
  • Case management
  • Counseling
  • Customer service
  • Juvenile justice
  • Success strategies

What to Expect

An Associate's degree typically only takes two years, and a lot of that time would be dedicated to hands-on experiences and even internship opportunities so you can jump right in helping people. Many employers look to hire people with education beyond high school. Certificates or Associate's degrees meet many employers' requirements. A worker's level of education usually determines the type of work he or she gets and how much responsibility he or she is given. If you take the time to complete an Associate's degree in Human Services, you're likely to get hired for a position you'll really enjoy.

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