Human Services

Human Services

The field of human services includes career paths in many of the "helping" professions. Jobs are varied, including child welfare worker, crime victim advocate, case manager, residential youth counselor, addictions counselor, mental health technician, community outreach worker, family services advocate, disability services specialist, probation/parole officer, abuse prevention educator and elder care specialist. Students may often work with professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as social work, health care, welfare, courts, schools and private and public agencies.

Human services workers provide direct client and indirect support services. They assess clients' needs, help clients find appropriate benefits and services and assist clients obtain these and other resources. They may assist individuals with daily living skills, including providing emotional support.  Human service professionals can also organize and lead group activities or assist with community organization and development.

What kind of people skills should I possess for a career as a human services worker? 

If you enjoy working with people and have a strong desire to help others, possess empathy and perseverance, human services may be a great career fit for you. Human service professionals work to develop good verbal and written communication skills. This career path will help you gain a better understanding about yourself and the behavior of others. 

Tau Upsilon Alpha

Students have the opportunity to get involved in Tau Upsilon Alpha, the national organization for human services honor society. 

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Abby Jackson

Abby Jackson
Social Work

“I was raised around educators and knew from an early age I had a passion for helping others.”   Full Story

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Sylvia Malta

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7:45 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

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Social Sciences Building, Room 1104

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