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What can you do with a degree in human services?

Plenty! A bachelor’s degree in human services prepares you for entry-level positions in the helping professions. Opportunity areas include social services/nonprofits, gerontology, developmental disabilities, criminal justice/corrections, child welfare, healthcare, education, and private sector business and industry.

A master's degree in counseling, social work, occupational therapy or related field, in addition to appropriate professional licensure, is usually necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions. 


Employment Growth by 2028

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for human services professionals in Arizona and across the nation is high and will continue to grow over the next ten years.


Employees needed by 2028

Potential Career Areas

  • Social Services/Nonprofits
    Developmental Disabilities
    Business and Industry 
    Criminal Justice/Corrections
    Child Welfare

Sample Employers

  • Public Welfare Agencies
    Senior Centers
    Vocational Rehabilitation 
    National Foundations and Associations
    Probation and Parole Offices
    Adoption Agencies

Sample Job Titles

Job Title

Adult Day Care Coordinator

Child Welfare Worker

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

Grant Coordinator and Writer

Grief Therapist

Healthcare Social Worker

HIV/AIDS Counselor and Case Manager

Marriage and Family Therapists

Medical Social Workers

Mental Health Social Worker

 Public Health Social Worker

Recreation Supervisor/Activities Coordinator

Social and Human Service Assistants

Substance Abuse Counselor


Sources of Information:  United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics (2017) Facts on Human Services/Social Work

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