The roll-out of Central Christian College of Kansas’ brand new online Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services degree is exciting because it presents another fascinating path for those who want to dedicate their professional careers to helping and serving others.
What does it mean, though, to pursue a career in “human services”? This article looks at a range of positions that are well-suited for graduates with a degree in health and human services can explore.
Community Service Manager
For those that want to devote their human services careers to helping the community at large, a role as a community service manager might be ideal. These professionals can work in a variety of settings, from non-profit foundations to governmental organizations, and with all different segments of the population, from the very young to the elderly.
These managerial positions are slated to grow at a faster-than-average rate: the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS) forecasts 18% growth in available jobs in this field by 2026. They also come with decent salaries: the USBLS also reports that the 2018 median pay for community service managers was more than $65,000.
Domestic Violence or Substance Abuse Counselor
A substantial portion of the population must grapple with difficult issues such as domestic violence and substance abuse every day, but as a graduate from an online human services degree program, you can help to combat these statistics.
By pursuing a role as a counselor in one of these capacities, you can offer essential advice and encouragement to help individuals modify behavior and alleviate the suffering that domestic violence and substance abuse can cause.
While the salaries for these roles might not be as high as others in this field – the USBLS slated the median salary for a Substance Abuse Counselor in 2018 at $44,630 – the growth in the field is monumental. For instance, the USBLS also projects 23% growth – or more than 60,000 new jobs – in the field by 2026.
Human Services Analyst
One of the most central practices in many human services programs at the local, state, and federal level is the ongoing assessment of society’s needs and how to address them. For these examinations, those in analyst roles review data for a given region or period and propose adjustments or improvements.
While the exact titles for these positions can vary, they all share the desire to better the services that keep society running. Accordingly, these positions typically garner some of the highest wages in the field for those with a human services bachelor’s degree: the USBLS logged a 2018 median salary for such analysts at more than $83,000.
Growth is also notable but is slated to be lower than these other fields, with the addition of 14% more – or 115,200 – jobs by 2026.
Beyond these exciting fields in which you can make a difference with your online human services degree, you might also consider further study at the graduate level to maximize your path in these respective roles.
Earning a master’s degree in human services can give you access to managerial and upper-level administrative roles in which you can manage even larger projects and make even more impactful decisions to benefit those who rely on your help.
This next step might be years down the road, but it is good to know that this possibility to return to the academic realm to advance your education and your career is a viable strategy.
The Hope in Human Services
In launching this online human services degree program, Central Christian College of Kansas is hopeful that it will complement and build upon the school’s larger mission to promote Christian-centered morals in our modern world.
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