Human Services FAQ

As a worker in Human Services, you may work directly with individuals or families to support their needs, whether physical, emotional, socioeconomic, or spiritual. You may take care of someone’s hair, treat mental health concerns, help with access to government benefits, or lead a congregation.


Is Human Services a good career path?

The Human Services cluster has about 5.5 million jobs and is projected to grow by 13.9% over the next 10 years after falling heavily in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. Annual compensation for Human Services roles ranged from $23,000 to $80,000 in 2021.

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Would a career in Human Services be a good fit for me?

Careers in Human Services could be a good fit for you if you want to make a direct impact on individuals and their well-being. Here are some things to know about Human Services careers:  

  • Note that because jobs in the Human Services cluster vary greatly, the training and experience required for these jobs varies (e.g., high school diplomas, workforce certifications, doctoral degrees).
  • If your strengths include active listening, social perceptiveness, and customer service/client care, a Human Services role may be the one for you.
  • If you pursue a Human Services career, you may be working in offices, religious buildings, shops, clinics, or homes.

Not sure if this sounds like you? Get a list of careers that match your interests with our Career Quiz

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What are some examples of careers in Human Services?

Here are some examples of careers in Human Services? based on the general level of education needed to get hired in this career. Looking for more? Explore careers here!

High School Education Short-Term Training/AA Bachelor's Degree 
Childcare worker Cosmetologist (e.g., hair, nails, skin, makeup) Clergy or religious worker
Personal care aide Funeral home manager Psychologist, therapist, counselor, social worker

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