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Human Services Workers
Under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists, and other professionals, human services workers offer support to families, the elderly, the poor, and others in need. They teach life and communication skills to people in mental health facilities or substance abuse programs. Employed by agencies, shelters, halfway houses, and hospitals, they work individually with clients or in group counseling. They also direct clients to social services and benefits. There are approximately 372,000 human services workers employed in the United States.