Careers in Counseling and Human Services

According to the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), the counseling and human services profession is dedicated to providing services to individuals and families in need of assistance. The goal of this type of work is to enhance the quality of life for those who are served. Human service professionals perform a variety of roles, including:

  • helper to those who need support
  • coordinator to help people use community resources
  • teacher of daily living skills
  • advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves
  • mediator between clients and between clients and agencies
  • caregiver to children, elders, and adults with disabilities  

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) projects that opportunities for social and human service  professionals are expected to be excellent, particularly for applicants with appropriate postsecondary education. The number of social and human service jobs is projected to grow "faster than average" through 2024 - ranking the occupations among the most rapidly growing with a "bright outlook." Also, many additional job opportunities may arise from the need to replace workers who advance into new positions, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons. 

The University of Scranton offers career counseling services to its students through the Gerard R. Roche Center for Career Development.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook lists examples of jobs available for those who have earned a human service degree:

  • Case worker
  • Family support worker
  • Child abuse worker
  • Youth worker
  • Social service liaison
  • Mental health aide
  • Residential services provider
  • Behavioral management aide
  • Intake interviewer
  • Group activities aide
  • Crisis worker
  • Probation officer
  • Case monitor
  • Community outreach worker
  • Parole officer
  • Rehabilitation case worker
  • Child advocate
  • Community action worker
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