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Social Services

 
  • Administration and Planning
  • Case Management
  • Advocacy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Policy Development
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Prevention
  • Public welfare agencies
  • Federal, state, and local government including:
    • Administrative agencies
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Department of Justice
    • Job Corps
    • Head Start
    • Indian Health Services
    • State legislatures
  • Private social service agencies
  • Group homes and halfway houses
  • Religiously affiliated organizations
  • Drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers

Criminal Justice/Corrections

 
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Youth Services
  • Victim Assistance
  • Case Management
  • Prisons and correctional facilities
  • Courts
  • Police departments
  • Probation and parole offices
  • Victim services organizations
  • Private treatment facilities
  • Group homes and halfway houses

Child Welfare

 
  • Case Management
  • Advocacy
  • Service Coordination
  • Public or private child welfare agencies
  • Local, state, and federal government including:
    • Department of Children's Services
    • Department of Human Services
    • Child Protective Services
  • Adoption agencies
  • Foster care organizations
  • Day care centers and Head Start programs
  • Recreational facilities (i.e., YMCA or YWCA)

Developmental Disabilities

 
  • Case Management
  • Advocacy
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • Policy Development
  • Rehabilitation
  • Research
  • Community residential homes
  • State and local agencies including:
    • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment programs
    • One-stop career centers
  • Medical facilities
  • Mental health organizations
  • Schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Employment agencies

Gerontology

 
  • Advocacy
  • Administration
  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Programming
  • Public Policy
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing and retirement homes
  • Senior centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Hospice
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Community agencies serving the elderly

Healthcare

 
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Program Development
  • Administration
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prevention
  • Education
  • Research
  • Hospice Care
  • Hospitals
  • Health maintenance organizations (HMOs)
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice programs
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Community health centers
  • Public health programs
  • Social service organizations
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Group homes
  • Specialized camps/schools
  • Federal, state, and local government including:
    • Department of Health and Human Services
    • Department of Veterans Affairs

Administration

 
  • Management
  • Policy Development
  • Planning
  • Supervision
  • Fundraising
  • Budgeting
  • Grant Writing
  • Social service agencies
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Probation departments
  • Public interest groups
  • Local, state, and federal government including:
    • Department of Human Services
    • Department of Children's Services
    • Department of Education
    • Department of Justice
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • State mental health departments
    • Job Corps
    • Head Start
  • Public welfare agencies
  • Residential or outpatient hospitals/treatment centers

Business and Industry

 
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Market Research
  • Customer Service
  • Sales
  • Public Relations
  • Corporate Giving
  • Development
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Financial Counseling
  • Business firms in various industries
  • Developers of educational products
  • National foundations and associations
  • Consumer protection agencies
  • Social service organizations with business components, i.e. tax assistance, financial planning

General Information and Strategies

  • A bachelor's degree in human services prepares individuals for entry-level positions in the helping professions.
  • A master's degree in counseling, social work, occupational therapy, or related field, in addition to appropriate professional licensure, is usually necessary to provide therapy and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions.
  • Complete practicum experiences and internships to determine suitability for the helping professions and to gain exposure to various practice settings and clients.
  • Candidates should possess empathy for others, an appreciation for diversity, and an interest in social change.
  • Gain experience with a wide range of clients and client systems including individuals, families, groups, communities, and minorities.
  • Join a human service organization while in school and seek leadership positions.
  • Look for ways to impact your community and get involved with local organizations and issues.
  • Become familiar with local social service agencies and resources available for those in need.
  • Learn a second language to better communicate with diverse client populations.
  • Develop ability to work well under pressure and manage stress.
  • Update your resume as you acquire new accomplishments, skills, knowledge, and interests.

 
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