This degree provides practical information for professional helping techniques, understanding human behavior and policy/program development, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program individuals learn how to help people overcome obstacles in their lives by developing interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
Students acquire knowledge of current strategies to serve individuals, groups and communities experiencing problems related to poverty, abuse, mental and physical illness, disability, crime, unemployment, discrimination, aging and family dysfunction. Students will learn to link people with services such as education or training, financial assistance, child care, shelter, addictions treatment, mental health services and senior services. With this degree students have the educational foundation to successfully work in human services positions in both the private and public sectors.
Human Service professionals with an A.A.S. degree help clients to identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services they often follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the services and that the services are meeting their needs.
People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.
Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook include child support services worker, family caseworker, patient advocate and youth services specialist. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of human service professionals will grow by nearly 22 percent through 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook
SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in human services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: administrative service manager, camp director, child support services worker, family caseworker, community welfare worker, missionary worker, patient advocate, Peace Corps worker, social and human service assistant and youth services specialist.
Career options range from working with children and families, people with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges, military veterans, homeless people, struggling communities, law enforcement, as well as the specialization options of this degree.
In the state of Missouri, employees working in community and social service occupations earn an average of $39,080 per year, depending on emphasis, education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.
|Degree Name:||General Option A.A.S.|
|Degree or Program:||Human Service|
|Degree Type:||Associate of Applied Science Degree|
“I was raised around educators and knew from an early age I had a passion for helping others.”
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Social Sciences Building, Room 1104