Human Services Career Paths

A career in human services is a general term and can refer to a myriad of jobs with the purpose of helping people in various life situations. In general, human service workers either provide direct assistance to those in need or they refer them to an agency for specialized help. Here are but a few of the occupations that those who work in human services fill. 

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Social and Community Service Managers

Human Services CareersThese are the leaders in human services responsible for directing, coordinating, and supervising assistance programs in the social realm and community. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects that those in this branch of human services will make a mean salary of $57,960 per year and realize a faster than average job growth of 27% through 2020.[1] 

Rehabilitation Counselors 

Those with various disabilities are helped by rehabilitation counselors. Those helped could be the elderly, injured war veterans, those who have lost a job, and children. Their disabilities can be emotional or physical and the rehabilitation counselor coaches in learning new ways to overcome them and get on with the business of living or being gainfully employed. The BLS expects this human services career field to grow 28% (faster than average) through 2020 and have a median salary of $32,350 per year.[2] 

Social and Human Service Assistants 

Being a social and human service assistant is a good way to gain entry into the human services field and see if you like it. Typically, to get an assistant job, all one needs is a high school diploma. While working in the field, many go on to pursue their associate’s, bachelor’s, and even master’s degrees in human services, gerontology, or behavioral and social science. Social and human service assistants work under the supervision of others with more education and are there to help. For example, they may help clients get through daily living activities while the clients are learning to live on their own. According to the BLS, social and human service assistants make a median salary of $28,200 per year and job growth is expected to be 28% through 2020 which is faster than average.[3] 

Special Education Teachers

Like the rehabilitation counselors, special education teachers help those with learning difficulties overcome them. Their goal is to teach those with disabilities how to live independently. Mostly you will find those in this field teaching children with learning disabilities in public or private schools The BLS expects this career field to grow by 17% through 2020 (about as fast as average) with a median salary of $53,220 per year.[4]

Careers in human services are demanding yet rewarding. If you think one of these careers would be right for you, take action and get enrolled in an educational program today.

[1]    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers, on the Internet at (visited June 05, 2013).

[2]    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Rehabilitation Counselors, on the Internet at (visited June 05, 2013).

[3]    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Social and Human Service Assistants, on the Internet at (visited June 05, 2013).

[4]    Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Special Education Teachers, on the Internet at