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One of the helping professions, a Human Services degree will prepare you to provide a variety of services to clients to help them improve their quality of life. The focus is on prevention, remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of the populations served.
Human Services Major
Graduation Date: May 2016
After an eight-year stint in the Navy, Sandy Webb worked as a machine operator at Avery Dennison for 22 years until the unthinkable happened.
Students are prepared to work with vulnerable populations in many different helping fields. You’ll learn skills to work in the areas of advocacy, youth services, mental health, intellectual disabilities, addictions, aging, recreation, homelessness and abuse. As a Human Service practitioner you may also work with clients whose ages and problems vary. Your roles and responsibilities will vary depending on the agency.
Among career areas, community and social service occupations are growing faster than the average nationally. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that careers in the field will grow by 10 percent from 2014-2024. Many of the new jobs will be in health care and social assistance.
A Human Services degree prepares you for a wide range of settings. Graduates from our program have found positions with job titles such as, case worker, community organizer, family support worker, alcohol counselor, halfway house counselor, activities assistant and more.
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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The Human Services major is ideal for students considering a career in human services as well as for students who already have experience in human services.
Students new to the field will gain an excellent foundation in theory and practice related to human services and will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through field-based learning options. Students already experienced in human services can use and build upon their work experiences while acquiring new knowledge, skills and the direction needed to move into a new or more advanced position in the field.
Students will also complete two field placements, which provide the opportunity to work at a variety of service agencies in order to practice the skills they’ve learned under the supervision of professionals employed in the field.