If you like working with people and helping them overcome challenges in order to improve their lives, a career in human services could be for you. If you are sensitive to other people's problems, patient, and non-judgmental, you have qualities essential for a successful human service practitioner. The Human Services associate degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in such fields as mental health, mental retardation, day care, gerontology, family services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and community development. Human service technicians generally work under senior staff who provide supervision and direction. Trained to listen, form impressions, and accurately document their findings, they are often indispensable in agencies where large numbers of clients are served. Program graduates gain the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce as beginning professionals or to pursue a bachelor's degree in sociology, psychology, social work, or addictions counseling.
If you are looking for an opportunity for public service in a challenging job that involves personal responsibility, you may find success in the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice certificate is designed for individuals who are interested in the fields of police, corrections, probation, parole, and juvenile delinquency. It provides entry-level skills for corrections, law enforcement, and related human services jobs and helps you obtain a deeper understanding of human behavior as it relates to group and personal choices.
|Human Services||AS Degree||61 credits|
|Criminal Justice||Certificate||27 credits|
Intro to Human Services
Human Service Worker
Principles of Sociology
Sociology of the Family
Contemporary Social Issues
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Intro to Criminal Justice
Intro to Corrections
Police Organization and Administration
The job market for human service workers has experienced tremendous growth during the past 20 years, concurrent with the expansion of community based mental health and developmental disabilities programs for the elderly, the disabled and families in crises. Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. If you choose to enter the workforce directly, you could work in settings such as hospitals, schools, clinics, residential programs, and day treatment programs. Job titles vary, and may include case manager, outreach worker, advocate, mental health worker, or addiction counselor. Some positions may require a bachelor's degree.
When it comes to criminal justice, police work is just a part of the whole picture. There is also criminology, corrections, IT, and counter-terrorism. Employment in criminal justice can range from law enforcement to security and crime prevention to corrections. Criminal justice positions typically have multiple levels of rank. As most positions are in the public sector, specific levels must be reached before advancement can occur; this may include a minimum exam score, number of years in the position, or a bachelor's degree. Employment of correctional officers is expected to grow by 5 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median annual wage was $39,020 in 2010. Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Assistant Professor of Human Services & Program Coordinator