What You Can Do With This Degree

A human services degree equips students with the skills required to serve clients in a variety of public outreach organizations. Human service graduates work as substance abuse counselors, case managers, and administrators who help individuals tackle major challenges in their lives.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the human services field is projected to grow faster than in most other fields over the next ten years. The long term outlook for job opportunities is excellent, especially for master’s level applicants. Employers are increasingly in search of employees holding degrees in human services. For more information on this and related fields, visit the Department of Labor’s O*Net website.

Currently, more than half of the professionals employed in the human services field work in the health care and social assistance industries. More than one third of total employees worked in state and local government, primarily in welfare agencies and in agencies offering aid to persons with mental or physical disabilities.

Recent Employers include:

  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Illinois department of Children and family services
  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Peoria County Probation Department
  • Methodist Medical Center
  • Mental Health Center of Central Illinois
  • Pekin School District
  • Triangle Center
  • Heritage Behavioral Health
  • Gateway Foundation