A degree in human services prepares students to help people who are experiencing challenges in their lives. Students majoring in this subject area learn how to empathize with their clients while helping them to find long-term solutions to their problems. There are a variety of jobs available to graduates who enjoy helping people and have a human services degree.
Social and Community Service Managers
Social and community service managers oversee programs that provide direction and supervision for a variety of organizations. They may focus on certain segments of the population by providing service to people who are homeless, jobless, veterans or children. In addition, they may oversee programs for adult day care or meal delivery. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for social and community service managers will grow by 27 percent through 2020, which is faster than the protected national growth average of 14 percent for other U.S. jobs. In 2010, the median annual salary for this position was $57,950.
Probation officers work with people who have been convicted of crimes and are either placed on probation or are paroled from prison. They discuss and arrange treatment options, monitor the progress of offenders and work to keep the offenders from committing further crimes. Through 2020, the BLS projects an 18 percent growth rate for probation officers. As of 2010, the median annual salary for this profession was $47,200.
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors provide treatment and advice to people with additions such as alcoholism, in addition to people with eating and other types of disorders. They also help clients set treatment goals, develop recovery skills and recognize behaviors that could harm their recovery efforts. At 27 percent, the growth rate for substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor jobs is much faster than the demand for other jobs, states the BLS. The median annual salary for these professionals was $38,120 in 2010.
Social and Human Service Assistants
Social and human service assistants may have other titles such as work aides, social work aides, addictions counselor assistants, human service workers or family service assistants. They work for social workers and other human service professionals to make sure that families receive services such as food stamps, childcare and permanent housing. Their jobs may also entail finding rehabilitation services for disabled individuals and job training and placement programs for former inmates. The BLS projects job growth for these professionals of 28 percent through 2020, which is faster than the average growth rate expected for other careers. Social and human service assistants earned a median annual salary of $28,200 in 2010.
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