Human Services

Braxton Tittsworth

Summary: Preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs.

Bright Outlook

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors: This occupation, Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, is expected to grow rapidly.

Marriage and Family Therapists: This occupation, Marriage and Family Therapists, is expected to grow rapidly.

High Wage/High Skill

Human Resources Specialists: This occupation makes $56,630 annually.

Human Resources Managers: This occupation makes $100,800 annually.

Green Careers

Training and Development Specialists: This occupation is green because this sector encompasses "indirect jobs" to the green economy which includes activities such as energy consulting or research and other related business services.

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health: This occupation is green because this sector covers activities related to environmental remediation, climate change adaptation, and ensuring or enhancing air quality.

Academic Requirements

Bailiffs: High school diploma or equivalent;Some college, no degree;Post-secondary certificate

Healthcare Social Workers: Master's degree;Bachelor's degree;Post-master's certificate

Impact of Technology on Human Services

Technology has made a big impact on human services(HS).  First of all, HS programs have created apps so their customers won't have to pay for laptops and computers.  Secondly, with technology, you won't sit "in the welfare office for hours(Kishore S. Swaminathan)."  

Projected Growth

The Human Services cluster is expected to make a big jump from this decade.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "occupations in this cluster employed around 6.5 million workers in 2010 and will employ over 8 million by 2020. Human Services is expected to add jobs faster than the national average, growing by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020.(Taken from Virginia Department of Education website)"

Top Jobs of 2014

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1. Software Developers (Applications and Systems Software) - make software for computers and phones. (Median hourly earnings: $45.06, 11% growth between 2010 and 2013, on list because "most software developers work for computer systems design and related services firms or software publishers. Others work in computer and electronic product manufacturing industries." (

2. Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists -  Research market conditions in local, regional, or national areas. May gather information on competitors, prices, sales, and methods of marketing and distribution. ( Median hourly earnings: $29.10, 14% growth between 2010 and 2013, on list because they "help companies understand what products people want, who will buy them, and at what price."(                                    

3. Training and Development Specialists - help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge. (8% growth, Median wage: $27.14 an hour, on list because they "help companies develop the talent they need in the midst of growing skills gap"(

4. Financial Analysts - Reports financial status by preparing and analyzing financial plans, forecasts, and reports. (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 17,060 (up 7%)

Median hourly earnings: $37.34)

5. Physical Therapists - help those who are unable to do certain things by making their bones stronger (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 14,011 (up 7%)

Median hourly earnings: $37.93)

6. Web Developers - analyze website requirements, then prepare structure and design, and then develop page templates, and finally, create pages using page templates. (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 13,364 (up 11%)

Median hourly earnings: $27.84)

7. Logisticians - analyze and coordinate logistical functions of an organization (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 11,897 (up 10%)

Median hourly earnings: $35.08)

8. Database Administrators - responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database. (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 11,241 (up 10%)

Median hourly earnings: $37.39)

9. Meeting, Convention and Event Planners - plan meetings, conventions, and events (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 10,867 (up 14%)

Median hourly earnings: $22.56)

10. Interpreters and Translators - interpret what people are saying in foreign languages (i.e. American translates for Chinese woman who knows no English) (Jobs added between 2010 and 2013: 8,377 (up 14%)

Median hourly earnings: $22.39)

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