Human Services Associate Degree
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. Students in the Human Service Program gain the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce as beginning professionals, leading to rewarding careers in the field.
At NECC, the Associate in Science Degree in Human Services will prepare you to work with people with emotional and social problems, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance abuse problems. You will be trained as a generalist to work in a range of settings with seniors, adults, adolescents, and children. Practicum courses are supervised clinical experiences that provide real-life experience combined with classroom learning. Personal and professional growth is enhanced through this learning method. The program integrates the National Community Support Skill Standards into the curriculum and is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.Classroom
Graduates will be able to pursue many career paths. You may choose to transfer on to a bachelors program, or directly enter the work force. 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.
Job prospects are excellent. Human services assistants, mental health workers, social workers and substance abuse counselors are among the fastest growing occupations according to The Massachusetts Job Outlook through 2010. Human services assistants, mental health workers, social workers and substance abuse counselors are among the fastest growing occupations according to The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employment Projections through 2016.