Human service workers help people in need get back on track. Depending on your level of education, you can hold a diverse range of jobs, including drug abuse counselor, youth worker, or mental health aide.
Human services workers are employed in a wide range of settings, such as group homes and halfway houses, correctional centers, schools, social service agencies, community assistance programs, nonprofit agencies, mental health and development disability centers, elder, family, child and youth service agencies, and programs dealing with drug abuse, alcoholism, family violence and aging.
Human Service Workers wages vary based on the particular job, setting and level of education. Entry-level social and human services assistants earn an average hourly wage of $14.88, and have an average annual salary of $30,950.
In general, to become a human services worker, you must have a high school diploma and complete a two-year associate’s degree (to be a paraprofessional) or a four-year bachelor’s degree (to be a professional). You may also continue your education and advance your career by pursuing a graduate degree.