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Career Paths & Job Market

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.

Finally, the employment projections for Massachusetts that are cited are outdated. Rather than Massachusetts Employment Projections through 2010, the new employment projections are Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employment Projections 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

NECC Human Services Program Listing of Articulation Agreements

5/2003 Lesley University
Human Services Program, Bachelor of Science Human Service Administration, Human Service Counseling, and Human
Service Management
6/2003 Cambridge College
Human Services Program, Human Services.
8/2003 Springfield College
School of Human
2004 Salem State,
School of Social Work
9/2005 Hesser College
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
8/2006 Salem State College
School of Social Work, renewed and signed
5/2007 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.

External Resources

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