This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with at-risk youth. Students acquire knowledge of current strategies for working with runaways, homeless youth and victims of family violence. Through this program students learn how to work with youths so they can learn the necessary skills to become successful adults. Students will also acquire knowledge of assisting families meet their basic needs for their children. With this degree students have the educational foundation to successfully ensure that children grow up in safe and healthy homes.
Human service professionals with a Youth Services Option A.A.S. degree protect the youngest members of our communities. They also provide education and prevention services to a variety of community settings.
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. There is a bright outlook for child support services workers. This position is projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of youth services professionals will grow by 27 percent through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook
SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in youth services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: child support services worker, family advocate, family services specialist, youth services specialist, youth program coordinator, social and human service assistant.
Graduates can work in a wide variety of settings including child protective services, residential programs, abuse prevention services, juvenile courts and treatment programs, homeless shelters, schools and other public and private agencies.
In the state of Missouri, employees working in child, family and school social work occupations earn an average of $33,960 per year, depending on 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:||Youth Services Option A.A.S.|
|Degree or Program:||Human Service|
|Degree Type:||Associate of Applied Science Degree|
* Practicum oriented toward option area.
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