Human Services

What is Human Services?

Human service is often referred to when speaking of the umbrella of all service related professions. However, Human Services is also a specific profession and a discipline.

Human Services as a Profession

Human Services is a professional career with an established national association (National Organization of Human Service Educators) and receives direction on education and training from the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. As the title implies, the goal of the human service professional is to meet human needs.

Types of Jobs in Human Services

Types of jobs available after completing a Human Services Degree:

  • Case Worker
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Residential Counselor
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Intake Interviewer
  • Case Management Aide
  • Social Work Assistant
  • Social Service Technician
  • Mental Health Technician
  • Home Health Aide

Roles of the Human Services Worker

The human service professional performs a variety of roles:

  • Counselor
  • Broker
  • Teacher
  • Advocate
  • Mediator
  • Caregiver

Education and Training

Human service generalists are trained in basic helping skills essential to the helping relationship. These skills include:

  • Interviewing
  • Observing and recording pertinent information
  • Conducting groups
  • Implementing treatment plans
  • Consulting with other workers and agencies
  • Mobilizing and utilizing community resources
  • Problem solving
  • Advocating for clients