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Area of Study: Public and Social Services
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Public and Social Services
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Human Services

Human services professionals change people’s lives for the better

Austin Community College’s Human Services Program provides the knowledge and practical skills needed for entry-level employment in hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, substance abuse counseling sites, and gerontology centers. Through internship opportunities you will build professional networks as you gain experience in real-world settings.

Career Information

Graduates go to work in a variety of settings, including social service organizations, health departments, schools, and homeless shelters. Tracks are offered in addictions counseling, Deaf services, general human services, and therapeutic recreation.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Community Health Workers
17.95 Hourly Wage 508 Currently Employed
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.
508 Community Health Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 7.28 % over the next four years.
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Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs
18.14 Hourly Wage 3822 Currently Employed
Determine eligibility of persons applying to receive assistance from government programs and agency resources, such as welfare, unemployment benefits, social security, and public housing.
3822 Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs are employed. This number is expected to increase by 4.32 % over the next four years.
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Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
18.24 Hourly Wage 472 Currently Employed
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.
472 Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors are employed. This number is expected to increase by 11.44 % over the next four years.
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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
20.1 Hourly Wage 356 Currently Employed
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.
356 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 13.76 % over the next four years.
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Social and Human Service Assistants
17.58 Hourly Wage 1677 Currently Employed
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.
1677 Social and Human Service Assistants are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.66 % 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.

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Program Maps

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

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


Certificate Level 1

Addictions Counseling Human Services
Addictions Counseling in the CRJ System
Deaf Services Human Services
Therapeutic Recreation Human Services


Certificate Level 4

Addictions Counseling- Human Services ATC
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Which award path is right for you?

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.

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