At Central Christian College of Kansas (CCCK), helping is key, whether it’s helping to nurture Christian ethics within the classroom or helping students take the steps necessary to achieve their ultimate career goals.
Along similar lines, CCCK’s new Online Bachelor of Science in Health & Human Services degree is ideally suited for those who want to enter “the helping professions” across a wide variety of fields. This article looks to some of the key environments and roles in which a CCCK graduate might put their online health and human services degree to great use.
One of the most vibrant locations for human services graduates to pursue employment is within elementary or secondary schools. In roles such as school social worker or child welfare specialist, your task is to ensure that children under your care are not experiencing financial, familial, social or other barriers to academic achievement.
This might mean helping to support students grappling with instances of abuse or working with students struggling with truancy to find a path to graduation.
While becoming a social worker requires additional education along with licensure, depending on each state’s law, there might be roles available in which a human services degree graduate could work closely within a school social work setting prior to a state licensure designation.
These can be challenging yet rewarding roles, as they offer the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child or adolescent. They also typically come with substantial salaries: according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (USBLS), the 2017 annual mean wage of social workers within elementary or secondary schools totals $62,690.
Even more potential roles are available for online human services degree recipients within the court and prison systems. As a juvenile probation officer, for instance, human services graduates can use their skills to work closely with younger offenders to help with their rehabilitation.
Another exciting role is as an advocate or mediator within the legal system, a position in which you can work to facilitate essential negotiations and also to be a voice for a defendant that might otherwise be silenced.
These roles require some additional on-the-job training beyond your online human services degree, but you can be rewarded with noteworthy salaries here too: the USBLS reported the median annual salaries for probation officers as approximately $53,000, while mediators enjoy a higher salary of $62,000 or more.
Healthcare Facilities and Clinics
For those interested in using their human services degree as a path into therapeutic practice, roles within the healthcare realm might be an ideal fit. Depending on a center or clinic’s scope, you might find work as a healthcare assistant, where you work closely with a medical team to help with daily patient relations and administrative tasks.
You might also become a family therapist or a substance abuse counselor, roles in which you can work individually with patients and guide them on the path to recovery. While salaries in these fields might be a bit lower than others, the incredible growth in demand for these professionals all but assures lasting job security: the USBLS forecasts a much-faster-than-average 23% growth in jobs – or, more than 60,000 new positions – for substance abuse counselors by 2026.
Another fantastic path to pursue is a role as community service or outreach worker within a local organization or non-profit entity. These positions can afford human services graduates the opportunity to use their interpersonal skills to support a mission while also promoting it through fundraising and awareness initiatives.
The job market for these professionals is currently strong: the USBLS projects a faster-than-average 18% growth of the field by 2026, and it also reports a satisfying 2018 median annual wage of more than $65,000.
New Program, New Potential
CCCK hopes that rolling out its new online Bachelor’s in Health and Human Services degree means that even more students will be able to pursue their career goals through the enrichment that the school’s carefully cultivated, Christian-centered curriculum can provide. Make CCCK’s online human services degree your first step toward a future among the helping professions.
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