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Career Opportunities With a Major in Human Services & Counseling

The field of Human Services prepares students for careers in the helping professions: assisting individuals, couples and families meet the challenges of living throughout the life cycle. The core curriculum offers courses in the theory and practice of mental health counseling, including applied behavioral analysis, small group dynamics, ethical and legal issues, psychopathology and the mental health clinician, and practicum and internship experiences where students apply the theory have studied thus developing their application skills in human service work settings. Managing nonprofit organizations, counseling substance abusers and victims or perpetrators of domestic violence; working with high-risk youth, the chronically mentally ill, the developmentally delayed, or geriatric populations are only a few of the available vocations for human service professionals.

Questions about how Human Services differs from Psychology and Social Work? Check out this document: 

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Skills Related to Human Services & Counseling

  • Sound decision-making abilities

  • Proficient in oral and written communications and ability to work well with others

  • Ability to work well under pressure

  • Proficient in interpersonal communication

  • Thorough knowledge of community resources

  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations

  • Ability to interact effectively with people of different backgrounds in various situations

  • Understanding of human behavior

  • Familiarity of human services' theories, practices, and trends

  • Ability to organize and evaluate interviews and testing sessions

  • Ability and desire to help all kinds of people make decisions, discuss alternatives, and accept consequences

  • Ability to assist people in examining their interests, abilities, and goals

  • Ability to speak clearly and express ideas in an understandable manner

  • Willingness to stay current with new counseling techniques and materials

  • Ability to work in one-on-one and group situations

  • Patience with people who are under emotional and/or mental stress

Potential Careers Related to Human Services & Counseling

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The following list is a representative sample of job titles for individuals with a Human Services major. The list represents some, but certainly not all, careers which Human Services majors may consider.

Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor's degree.

Adult Education Teacher Case Aide Case Worker
Community Outreach Worker Counselor Counselor for Developmentally Disabled Persons
Agricultural Agent County Home Demonstration Agent Elementary School Teacher
Gerontology Aide Group Therapist High-Risk Youth Counselor
Homeless Shelter Director Instructional Coordinator Life Skills Counselor
Development Officer Non-Profit Organization Director Preschool Teacher
Probation and Parole Officer Secondary School Teacher Senior Center Activities Coordinator
Social Worker Special Education Teacher Substance Abuse Counselor
Training Specialist Victims Advocate Vocational Training Instructor
Veterans Assistance Counselor    

Employers in Human Services & Counseling

  • Addictions Research Centers and Facilities

  • Correctional Facilities

  • Counseling Agencies

  • Colleges/Universities

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Government Agencies

  • Health Centers

  • Hospitals

  • Mental Health Organizations

  • Non-Profit Organizations

  • Senior Citizens Centers

  • Schools

  • Social Service Agencies

  • Youth Programs

Professional Organizations in This Field

Websites Related to Human Services & Counseling


The above information is collected from alumni surveys of numerous colleges, professional associations, and multiple print and online resources.

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