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 355,500 human services workers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Help people with everyday tasks; listen to problems and assist in resolving them using available services; keep records and serve as a liaison between clients and service programs
Alternate Title(s) Advocates, Aides, Counselors, Day Care Workers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Experience Part-time or volunteer experience as an aide or counselor
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Community Service Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Human Services Worker
  • Human Services Assistant

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