Human Services is a profession that focuses on helping children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of needs, such as mental health, substance abuse, physical disabilities, and more. Depending on your interest, there is a wide range of agencies serving the needs of different populations. This is a very rewarding field requiring good communication and organizational skills.
Where You Could Go
Graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree can be certified as an Assistant Social Worker through the state of Ohio. If you complete NC State’s Associate of Arts degree in Social Work or Associate of Human Services and go on to a four-year program to earn a bachelor’s degree, you could become a Licensed Social Worker or Chemical Dependency Counselor (after passing the licensure exam).
NC State has over 40 agreements with fouryear colleges and universities, to provide a smooth transition for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online.
There are many career choices for human services graduates. The field is stable and generally offers good job security, along with advancement opportunities with further training and education.
Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities, or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.
Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients’ physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene, and administer oral or injectable medications.