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The Human Services program is not accepting new students beginning fall 2023. Please visit with an advisor to plan your pathway.
What Is Human Services?
The AAS in Human Services degree provides best-practice skill training for helping careers, understanding human behavior and policy/program development, with internship opportunities that provide real work experience. Through this program you will also learn how to help people overcome obstacles in their lives by developing interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.
Students acquire knowledge of best practice helping 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.
People interested in this program are self-described "people persons". This degree will assist you to develop good verbal and written communication and problem-solving skills and develop a more positive attitude about your ability to help people resolve the problems they face in life.
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 number of human service professionals is projected to grow 13-15 percent through 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
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.
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, patient advocate, 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 many other specific areas of interest to individual students.
"I knew from an early age I had a passion for helping others."