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Human and Social Services

According the U.S. Department of Labor, projected employment growth through 2018 is concentrated in the service-providing sector, continuing a long-term shift from the goods-producing sector of the economy. Service-providing industries are projected to add 14.6 million jobs, or 96 percent of the increase in total employment. The two industry sectors expected to have the largest employment growth are professional and business services (4.2 million) and health care and social assistance (4.0 million).

The field of Human Services has the primary objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on the prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life for communities. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.

The primary purpose of the human service worker is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human services worker. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.