When people experience hardship and need help, human service workers are the ones who step in and provide assistance. Human service workers improve people's lives by providing a variety of services. They work closely with their clients and provide emotional support as they evaluate client needs, build a treatment plan, and carry out treatment. If you enjoy working with people and helping improve their lives, you may like working in this challenging and rewarding field.
Possible Career Pathways:
- Childcare Workers - Childcare workers care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding. In addition, some help children prepare for kindergarten, and many help older children with homework.
- Health Educators - Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop programs and materials to encourage people to make healthy decisions.
- Mental Health/Marriage/Family Therapists - Mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists help people manage or overcome mental and emotional disorders and problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.
- School and Career Counselors - School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.
- Social and Human Service Assistants - Social and human service assistants help people get through difficult times or get additional support. They help other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.
- Social Workers - There are two main types of social workers: direct-service social workers, who help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives, and clinical social workers, who diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues.