Human Services Careers

Human Services Careers The human services career group covers all employment related to helping meet the needs of individuals and families. Helping people is the major goal of this career group, and in our modern society, these postiions play a very important role in the delivery of services and in the strengthening of communities.

Careers in human services include social workers, case workers, state and city officials involved in public planning projects, certain teachers and realted staff, and additionally certain workers within the non-profit sector.

Barbers

Provide barbering services, such as cutting, trimming, shampooing, and styling hair, trimming beards, or giving shaves.
Most have a vocational certificate

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Childcare Workers

Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Clergy

Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Costume Attendants

Select, fit, and take care of costumes for cast members, and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Credit Counselors

Advise and educate individuals or organizations on acquiring and managing debt. May provide guidance in determining the best type of loan and explaining loan requirements or restrictions. May help develop debt...

Directors, Religious Activities and Education

Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious...
Most have a master's degree

Embalmers

Prepare bodies for interment in conformity with legal requirements.
Most have an associate's or 2-year degree

First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of personal service workers, such as flight attendants, hairdressers, or caddies.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Funeral Attendants

Perform variety of tasks during funeral, such as placing casket in parlor or chapel prior to service; arranging floral offerings or lights around casket; directing or escorting mourners; closing casket; and issuing and...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Funeral Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the services or resources of funeral homes. Includes activities such as determining prices for services or merchandise and managing the facilities of funeral homes.

Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists

Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. May apply makeup, dress wigs, perform hair removal, and provide nail and skin care services.
Most have a vocational certificate

Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and...
Most have a master's degree

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and...
Most have a master's degree

Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Workers

Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, linens, rugs, and carpets. Includes spotters and...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Locker Room, Coatroom, and Dressing Room Attendants

Provide personal items to patrons or customers in locker rooms, dressing rooms, or coatrooms.
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Manicurists and Pedicurists

Clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.
Most have a vocational certificate

Marriage and Family Therapists

Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in...
Most have a master's degree

Massage Therapists

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.
Most have a vocational certificate

Mental Health Counselors

Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family,...
Most have a master's degree

Nannies

Care for children in private households and provide support and expertise to parents in satisfying children's physical, emotional, intellectual, and social needs. Duties may include meal planning and preparation,...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Personal Care Aides

Assist the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities with daily living activities at the person's home or in a care facility. Duties performed at a place of residence may include keeping house (making beds,...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Press or shape articles by hand or machine.
Most have less than a high school diploma

Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the selling, buying, leasing, or governance activities of commercial, industrial, or residential real estate properties. Includes managers of homeowner and condominium associations, rented or...
Most have a vocational certificate

Rehabilitation Counselors

Counsel individuals to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with personal, social, and vocational difficulties that result from birth defects, illness, disease, accidents, or the stress of daily...
Most have a high school diploma or GED

Residential Advisors

Coordinate activities in residential facilities in secondary and college dormitories, group homes, or similar establishments. Order supplies and determine need for maintenance, repairs, and furnishings. May maintain...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Shampooers

Shampoo and rinse customers' hair.
Most have a vocational certificate

Skincare Specialists

Provide skincare treatments to face and body to enhance an individual's appearance. Includes electrologists and laser hair removal specialists.
Most have a vocational certificate

Social and Community Service Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Social and Human Service Assistants

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and...
Most have a bachelor's degree

Sociologists

Study human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organizations. May study the behavior and...
Most have a doctoral degree

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
Most have a bachelor's degree

Tailors, Dressmakers, and Custom Sewers

Design, make, alter, repair, or fit garments.
Most have less than a high school diploma
The general human services job sector has been rapidly advancing over the past decade. Expansion in government, financial resources, and primarily, societal need have fueled growth in the professions. Compensation in the human services sector is lower relative to the education required. However, strong societal need and demand should continue to create a relatively stable workforce and demand.

Undergraduate work for most careers in human services is encouraged. Although Social Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, and Public Policy are natural majors for students wishing to enter human services jobs, more quantitive programs can also be a good fit.
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