Human Services Leadership Online
HSLO is presented in collaboration with the College of Education and Human Services.
There are many Human Services career opportunities, and the professions vary in organizational level and industries. The following list are the kinds of Human Services career opportunities that our graduates find:
- Developmentally disabled care, including day programs and institutional daycare.
- Elderly care, including nursing homes, senior centers and rehabilitation programs.
- Health care, including hospitals, nutrition and wellness.
- Addiction services, such as drug and alcohol, eating disorders and sexual addictions.
- Environmental services, such as housing, public service and park and recreational programs.
- Educational services in daycare, schools, colleges and universities.
- Income transfer services such as youth corps and job training.
- Criminal justice, which includes law enforcement, jails, halfway houses and legal advocacy.
- Family services, which include domestic violence and abuse, shelters, family crisis and marriage preparation and counseling services.
- Mental health care, including institutions, crisis centers, halfway houses and legal advocacy
Human Services Leadership graduates work in a variety of roles:
- Outreach worker – provides access to people with problems, refers to appropriate services and does follow-up
- Broker – helps people access existing services and ensure that the services relate to the client
- Advocate – fights for services, policies, rules, regulations, and laws on behalf of the client
- Evaluator – assess client or community needs and problems in many settings
- Teacher/educator- performs a range of activities planned primarily to change behavior, ranging from coaching and counseling to casework, psychotherapy, and behavior therapy
- Mobilizer – helps to get new resources for clients and communities
- Consultant – works with other professionals and agencies regarding their handling of problems, needs and programs
- Community planner – works with community boards and committees to assure that community development enhances positive mental health and self-actualization, or at least minimizes emotional stress on people
- Caregiver – provides service for persons who need ongoing support of some kind, such as financial assistance, day care, social support and 24-hour care
- Data manager – performs all aspects of data handling, gathering, tabulating, analyzing, synthesizing, program evaluation, and planning
- Administrator– carries out activities that are primarily agency or institution-oriented rather than client or community oriented