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Human Services

A Human Services Professional is a generic term for people who hold professional and paraprofessional jobs in such diverse settings.

Human Services


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.

Degree Information

Visit the JJC catalog for Human Services Generalist AAS requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Human Services Generalist

 

Gainful Employment Disclosures

What are Gainful Employment Programs? An educational program must lead to a degree at a non-profit or public institution or it must prepare students for "gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Information is presented to the student about the length of each program, its estimated cost, and a way to obtain further information about the kinds of jobs available for those who complete this program and participate in the student financial assistance programs. Whether you are a current student or a prospective student, we hope that this information is helpful in making informed choices about your career and education.

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

Additional information

  • Possible Careers

    • Case Worker
    • Family Support Worker
    • Youth Worker
    • Social Service Liaison
    • Residential Counselor
    • Behavioral Management Aide
    • Case Management Aide
    • Eligibility Counselor
    • Alcohol Counselor
    • Adult Day Care Worker
    • Drug Abuse Counselor
    • Life Skills Instructor
    • Client Advocate
    • Neighborhood Worker
    • Social Service Aide
    • Group Activities Aide
    • Social Service Technician
    • Therapeutic Assistant
    • Probation Officer
    • Case Monitor Parole Officer
    • Child Advocate
    • Gerontology Aide
    • Juvenile Court Liaison
    • Home Health Aide
    • Group Home Worker
    • Child Abuse Worker
    • Crisis Intervention Counselor
    • Mental Health Aide
    • Community Organizer
    • Intake Interviewer
    • Community Outreach Worker
    • Social Work Assistant
    • Community Action Worker
    • Psychological Aide
    • Halfway House Counselor
    • Assistant Case Manager
    • Rehabilitation Case Worker
    • Residential Manager

  • Salary Estimates

    Social / Human Services Assistant: helps clients find benefits or community benefits
    Average salary: $31,810/year
    Job outlook: projected 11% increase (from 2014-2024)
    Degree needed: Associate

    Substance Abuse Counselor: counsel those who suffer from alcoholism or drug addiction *
    Average salary: $41,070/year
    Job outlook: projected 22% increase (from 2014-2024)
    Degree needed: Associate

    * On-the-job experience will allow professionals to obtain additional certifications

    Social Worker: Help clients solve problems in their lives; determine their needs and help them create goals
    Average salary: $46,890/year
    Job outlook: projected 12% increase (from 2014-2024)
    Degree needed: Bachelor's

    Behavioral Disorder Counselor: Counsel those who suffer from behavioral disorders, such as autism, ADHD, eating disorders, PTSD & more
    Average salary: $41,070/year
    Job outlook: projected 22% increase (from 2014-2024)
    Degree needed: Bachelor's

    Marriage/ Family Therapist: Help clients overcome family/relationship problems; guide them by suggesting strategies for improvement
    Average salary: $44,170/year
    Job outlook: projected 19% increase (from 2014-2024)
    Degree needed: Master's

    Additional Information

    Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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