Public & Social Services

Public & Social Services

Human Services

Change people’s lives for the better with a Human Services degree. You’ll acquire skills needed for entry-level employment in hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, and abuse counseling sites. Internship opportunities will help you build professional networks as you gain valuable real-world experience helping others.

Job Titles & Career Information

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  • Community Health Workers

    Assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. Conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations to implement programs in the community that promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health. May provide information on available resources, provide social support and informal counseling, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. May collect data to help identify community health needs.

    Hourly Wage: $17.95

    Currently Employed: 520

    Projections:

    520 people are employed as Community Health Workers. This number is expected to increase by 6.54% over the next four years.

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  • Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs

    Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing.

    Hourly Wage: $18.14

    Currently Employed: 3876

    Projections:

    3876 people are employed as Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs. This number is expected to increase by 3.9% over the next four years.

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  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

    Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.

    Hourly Wage: $18.24

    Currently Employed: 489

    Projections:

    489 people are employed as Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors. This number is expected to increase by 10.02% over the next four years.

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  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

    Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.

    Hourly Wage: $20.1

    Currently Employed: 371

    Projections:

    371 people are employed as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers. This number is expected to increase by 12.67% over the next four years.

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  • Social and Human Service Assistants

    Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

    Hourly Wage: $17.58

    Currently Employed: 1730

    Projections:

    1730 people are employed as Social and Human Service Assistants. This number is expected to increase by 8.55% over the next four years.

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Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

Awards in This Program

Associate of Applied Science

  • Human Services- General Human Services
  • Human Services- Addictions Counseling
  • Human Services- Therapeutic Recreation

Certificate Level 1

  • Addictions Counseling in the CRJ System

Certificate Level 4

  • Addictions Counseling- Human Services ATC

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ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.