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The Human Services program is designed so students learn basic information about the human services industry. For persons already in the field, the Human Services program offers classes to upgrade current skills and abilities. Students can expect to learn both theoretical and practice skills in their classes.
Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions such as alcoholism/drug abuse assistant to counselors, directors of GED (General Education Development) tutoring programs, house parents, nursing home activity therapy assistants, case workers, corrections officers, vocational rehabilitation workers, teacher’s aides for exceptional children and personnel assistants. These positions are available in the diverse areas like social welfare, mental health, juvenile and adult correctional programs, geriatrics, education, counseling and related fields in business, industry and health care. Students may work after completion of their associate's degree or transfer to a four-year college or university for continued study in a specialized area of human services.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of social and human service personnel is projected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020. Many of the job opportunities will arise from an increasing number of people retiring from the field. In addition, there will be keen competition in urban areas, but persons that have a postsecondary education will get the best opportunities.
Persons interested in human services should possess:
- Good communication skills
- Good problem-solving skills
- Positive attitude about themselves and others
- Interest in working with others
- Work with a high degree of accuracy
- Supervisory and leadership skills
- A desire to teach