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.
Get details on the salary and job security of these Human Services careers:
Find out what it takes to land a career in Human Services
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:
- Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Graduate Certificate
- Minor in American Sign Language
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).
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:
- iHire Social Services
- Indeed Human Services
- Social Service.Com
- Social Work Job Bank
- Check your local government website for job listings. Many Human Services positions are available within state, county, and city government agencies.
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.
Career ready Mason grads have gone on to work for Human Services employers, such as:
Alexandria City Public Schools
INOVA Health System
Prince William County Community Services Board
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Join the Human Services community
Get involved with academic and professional societies to grow your network while you're still a student.
- American Counseling Association
- American School Counselors Association
- American Probation and Parole Association
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- Association for Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
- Clinical Social Work Association
- Council on Social Work Education
- Counselors for Social Justice
- National Association of Social Workers
- School Social Work Association of America