A Human Services Professional is a generic term for people who hold professional and paraprofessional jobs in such diverse settings as group homes and halfway houses; correctional, intellectual disability, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies, and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, and aging. Depending on the employment setting and the kinds of clients served there, job titles and duties vary a great deal.
The primary purpose of the human services professional is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living.
A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.
What Will I Learn?
At Joliet Junior College, you can get an Associates degree or work toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s. JJC offers easy, convenient transfer agreements with local colleges and universities so you won’t have to worry about the logistics - instead, you can focus on what really matters: your future career.
What is Unique About Our Human Services Program?
The Associate of Applied Science degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Human Services will provide students with a broad base of knowledge through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Individuals seeking employment or career mobility in helping professions or other community based organizations require a knowledge base which includes skills in prevention, disability awareness, and issues of domestic violence, along with courses that will build problem solving skills and strengthen one’s ability to work with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Graduates will not only provide direct client care but also serve in advocacy roles. A credential in Human Services will increase credibility among social and human service professionals.
What Are My Career Opportunities?
The following are examples of occupational titles of Human Service workers:
- Case Worker
- Family Support Worker
- Youth Worker
- Social Service Liaison
- Residential Counselor
- Behavioral Management Aide