Human Services

If you’re up in the air about what master’s program you should choose from, you should seriously consider a human services career track. People who like working with others and solving problems would do well in a career in human services.

So if you’re seriously considering a Master’s in Human Services degree, then you should know several of the frequently asked questions most students ask their academic advisor.

What is Human Services?

When people hear the term “human services” they automatically default to child welfare services and social workers. What people aren’t aware of is that human services involves helping people in times of crises, problem solving, managerial positions, as well as different types of counselor positions. So the real question is, what is human services? Human services provide individuals with positive, safe learning environments where they can get their questions answered regarding their problems. This allows individuals to go on and live a healthier and more productive life.

What Will I Do Working in Human Services?

Individuals who work in human services generally help people in need   and find available options to provide the right assistance; whether it is for counseling, financial or career assistance. Once you have a degree in human services, then you can apply for a job as a youth counselor, drug counselor, academic counselor, parole and probation officer, social service worker, therapist and others. Job opportunities are truly endless when you have a degree in human services.

What Traits Should I Have?

People who would like to become human services workers have the earnest desire to help others who are in need of assistance. Being a caring, compassionate and understanding person are desirable traits you should have to be excel in the human services field.

Do I Have to Earn a Master’s Degree?

Technically speaking, no, you don’t have to earn a master’s degree to work in the human services industry; however, if you are interested in advancing into a management position, then you’ll need to earn your master’s degree. People who want to be a counselor or therapist need to have a graduate degree before providing guidance and advice in a therapy setting. One example of a job where you don’t need to have a master’s degree is a parole or probation officer, but it’s still recommended for these positions.

Where Can I Work Once I Earn My Degree?

Earning your human service degree opens the door for you to work in virtually any industry. You can work as a counselor or in the human resources department in any small or large corporation. You can also work for government agencies that help people when they are in need of counseling and other assistance only trained social workers and counselors can provide. You can also become a teacher in an undergraduate course studies program to teach students who are earning their bachelors degree in social or human services. Other places you can work at include hospitals, non-profits, schools and social service agencies.

Is it Possible to Earn My Human Services Master’s Online?

Yes it is! There are online colleges where you can enroll in a master’s degree program in human services. From there, options exist where you can take all your courses online in a virtual setting or you can choose to take half your courses online and half in a traditional college classroom.

Am I Eligible for Financial Aid?

If you enroll in a master’s program from a regionally accredited online college, you may be eligible for financial aid. Options available to you include federal student loans, grants, scholarships, tuition reimbursement and private student loan options.

What Can I Expect My Salary to Be?

It all depends on what position you enjoy working in, but on average, human services workers earn anywhere between $31,000 and $52,000. Again, it is dependent on how much work experience you have and the particular position you choose.


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About the Author:Amy Long is earning her degree in human services at the moment. She volunteers regularly at a homeless shelter, which helped play into her decision to pursue the degree.