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Career Paths & Job Opportunities

Employment Outlook

Prospects for employment within the human services are projected to be excellent according to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employment Projections 2006-2016, the New Hampshire Employment Projections 2004-2014 and the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2006-2016.

Job Opportunities

Graduates who choose to directly enter the workforce, are recruited by a variety of community agencies who work with children, adolescents, adults and seniors in a range of settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Vocational programs
  • Residential programs
  • Day habilitation programs
  • and Day treatment programs

Graduates may be given titles such as:

  • Case manager
  • Outreach worker
  • Advocate
  • Mental health worker
  • Crisis counselor
  • Residential counselor
  • Addiction counselor

Career Paths

The broad based skills of the program provide a foundation for a wide range of professional pursuits. Graduates who pursue advanced degrees will have opportunities to choose among many fields including:

  • Social work
  • Guidance counseling
  • Labor negotiations
  • Human resources
  • Academic advising
  • Organizational psychology
  • Mental health
  • Vocational rehabilitation

Below are some college websites where students may consider transferring:

  • Lesley University: Human Services Program, Bachelor of Science Human Service Administration, Human Service Counseling, and Human Service Management
  • Cambridge College: Human Services Program, Human Services
  • Springfield College: School of Human Services
  • Salem State: School of Social Work
  • Hesser College: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Salem State College: School of Social Work
  • Merrimack College: Bachelor of Science in Human Services Administration

Licensing and Credentialing for Graduates

There are a variety of licenses and certifications possible to graduates of the Human Services Program.

  • Graduates from any of the NECC Human Service Certificate or Associate Degree programs are eligible to apply for credentialing through the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS) as Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.
  • Successful graduates of the Human Services Associate Degree program are eligible to pursue licensure within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Licensed Social Work Assistant (LSWA).

External Resources

Learn more about the current job market and trends within Human Services by visiting the following web sites: