A human services degree from Hilbert College prepares graduates to go out into the world and make a positive difference serving people of all ages who are experiencing various social, emotional, and economic difficulties. Our society’s needs are great and growing, which is why the human services profession is one of the fastest growing in the nation.
Hilbert’s program equips you with the skills, knowledge, and values to work with vulnerable people and populations, whether you earn a two-year associate degree in human services or enroll in our innovative combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in human services program, which can be completed in just five years. We prepare our graduates to work in areas, such as family and children's services, mental health, substance abuse, elder care, or social services. A human services degree from Hilbert also provides a solid foundation for those who plan to pursue graduate studies in school or private counseling, social work rehabilitation, psychology, sociology or another related field.
Our skills-oriented, interdisciplinary program includes classes in counseling, ethics, interpersonal communications, effective interviewing and the treatment of problems affecting individuals, families, and communities. It also provides internship opportunities where you’ll earn credit while gaining valuable real-world experience
The human services program offers six concentrations, giving you the flexibility to pursue a career in any of the following areas:
You’ll learn by doing in Hilbert’s extensive internship program, which lets you earn college credit while having real-life experiences working with children, adolescents, and other populations in various settings—from drug and alcohol rehabilitation units to schools, social services agencies, hospitals, and other providers.
Our faculty have extensive experience in a variety of agencies and schools, and are active in related volunteer roles in their communities. The National Association of Social Workers and the Erie County Coalition Against Domestic Violence have cited Hilbert professors for excellence.
Human services degree holders can choose from dozens of career options. Here are 10 popular human services careers worth exploring from the employment website Indeed:
Individuals who work in human services aren't in it just for the paycheck. Still, depending on the particular job title and level of education required, it’s possible to earn a competitive salary while helping others.
Overall, the median annual wage for workers in community and social service occupations was $48,410 in May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
Individuals with a master’s degree in human services generally earn higher salaries, but there are many jobs in the field available to those with a bachelor’s or an associate degree in human services. Consider these popular positions in the human services field*:
Substance Abuse Counselor
Median Salary: $48,520
Number of Jobs: 351,000
Projected Growth: 22% from 2021 - 2031
Community Health Worker
Median Salary: $48,860
Number of Jobs: 126,700
Projected Growth: 12% from 2021 - 2031
Marriage and Family Therapist
Median Salary: $49,880
Number of Jobs: 65,300
Projected Growth: 14% from 2021 - 2031
Median Salary: $50,390
Number of Jobs: 708,100
Projected Growth: 9% from 2021 - 2031
School and Career Counselor
Median Salary: $60,510
Number of Jobs: 336,000
Projected Growth: 10% from 2021 - 2031
Median Salary: $85,570
Number of Jobs: 133,900
Projected Growth: 14% from 2021 to 2031
*Salary, growth, and job numbers info based on data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The employment outlook for human services jobs is strong. Overall employment in community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10% between 2021 and 2031, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS. That translates to about 294,600 new jobs over the coming decade.
In addition to jobs created by growth, opportunities can also arise from the need to replace workers who leave the profession. The BLS predicts an average of 318,400 openings each year due to growth and replacement needs.
Hilbert offers students interested in pursuing a career in human services three different degree programs and six concentrations to choose from, providing unparalleled flexibility and opportunities for customization.
In addition to the four-year bachelor’s-level program and the combined 4+1 program, Hilbert offers a two-year associate degree in human services that prepares you for entry-level positions or to continue studies in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.
Our innovative BS/MPA 4+1 program lets you earn your bachelor’s degree in human services and a Master of Public Administration: Health Administration in five years, saving you up to two semesters of graduate school. Students are admitted to the program after completing all undergraduate degree requirements, without the need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and begin taking graduate courses in their senior year.
Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Human Services degree program take classes and seminars in psychology, sociology, counseling, human services methods, and statistics, as well as general education, writing, and public speaking classes. Juniors and seniors participate in internships and elective courses.
Grab printable versions of our courses, concentrations, and curriculums through our academic advising page.
A degree in human services is a springboard to a career in any of a wide variety of areas, including family and children's services, mental health, substance abuse, elder care, or social services.
The median annual wage for workers in community and social service occupations was $48,410 in May 2021 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $45,760.
It takes eight semesters, typically four years, for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in human services. Students who enroll in Hilbert’s innovative combined BS/MPA 4+1 program can earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.
A bachelor’s in human services is a flexible degree that prepares students to work in any of a wide variety of in-demand helping professions right out of college or to pursue graduate studies in school or private counseling, social work rehabilitation, psychology, sociology, or another related field.
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