Human Services

Overview of Human Services

Human Services addresses problems that impact peoples' social, occupational, health, and educational functioning to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.   

Counselor talks to a patient
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor

Counselors help individuals deal with a broad range of mental health issues.

Find out what it takes to land a career in Human Services

Career Readiness Equation
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Earn Degree

To work in the field of Human Services, it is recommended to have a strong background in health, psychology, social work, or similar fields which focus on helping people. However, many organizations will hire entry-level employees with any degree who have transferrable skills. Majors, minors, and degree information can be found in the Mason Catalog.   

In addition to your degree, minors and graduate certificates can increase your employment options in the field of Human Services. Here are a few: 

Meet with the Mason Pre-Health Professions Advisor as early as possible to prepare for admission to health professions schools (i.e., audiology, speech pathology, or occupational therapy). 

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Gain Experiences

Gain Experiences

Employers expect at least six to twelve months of related experience to be competitive for full-time positions.Gain experience while you are a student at Mason. 

Here are the types of experiences most valued by Human Services employers, and where to find them:




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Market Yourself

Market Yourself

It is important for you to be able to clearly communicate the knowledge, skills and experiences you have gained in and outside of the classroom. 

Below are top ways to showcase your qualifications to Human Services employers:


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Career Ready

Career Ready

Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Human Services employers, such as:

Alexandria City Public Schools

Dominion Hospital

INOVA Health System

Miriam's Kitchen


Prince William County Community Services Board

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Verbal Beginnings

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Join the Human Services community

Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.