top of page
Support Group

Human Services Career Pathways

Do you want to help people in need?

Human services focuses on the health and well being of individuals, families, and communities including: support for mental health disorders; assistance with social services; managing  grief, loss & life transitions; treatment for addiction;  addressing community needs; and helping people thrive and achieve the highest quality of life as possible.


Human Services encompasses a wide variety of careers and workplaces including treatment facilities, schools, prisons, government agencies, health care organizations, private practice, nonprofit organizations, social services, and more.

Human Service Career Examples

Examples of Areas of Specialization

  • Therapist or counselor

  • School counselor

  • Social worker

  • Psychologist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Addictions counselor

  • Rehabilitation counselor

  • Marriage & family counselor

  • Case manager

  • Advocate

  • Peer support

  • Community outreach

  • Public health

  • Crisis intervention

  • Community services

  • Youth development

  • Public Policy

  • Equity & Inclusion

  • Addiction

  • Domestic violence & child abuse

  • Hospice

  • Disabilities

  • Criminal justice

  • Poverty

  • Social justice & cultural competency

  • Veterans

  • Health & mental health

  • Career services

  • Human resources

  • And more

Explore Human Service Careers

Online Career Research in Human Services

Screenshot 2023-09-01 at 7.13.29 PM.png

What Can I Do With This Major?

Click on the link below to be directed to Oregon State University: Scroll down the page and click on the "What Can I Do With This Major?" icon.

Human Services Career Videos

Career Journeys contains videos of Oregonians talking about their careers.  Each career has a short video and a longer question & answer section.

Career One Stop provides an excellent library of career videos. 

Dr. Kit contains hundreds of career videos.


Human Services Student Experiences

A great way to explore whether an academic and career path is a good fit for you is to find opportunities to get real world experience early on in your journey. Below are some options in Central Oregon for students to get first-hand experience in human services..

Student Experience in Health Care

Educational Pathways In Human Services

Certificates & Associate Degrees

Peer Support Specialist
Community Health Worker
Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor
Public Health

Human Services
Social Sciences

Bachelor's & Graduate Degrees

Bachelor's Degrees
Social Work
Human Development & Family Science
Social Sciences

Public Health

Graduate Degrees
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychology - Psychologist
Licensed Practical Counselor
Marriage & Family Counselor
School Counseling
School Psychologist
School Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Work
Psychiatrist (medical school)
bottom of page