Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Services

Bachelors of Science in Human Services

Quick Overview

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation and social work. They assist others, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Many work for non-profit organizations, for-profit social service agencies, and state and local governments. Assistants generally work full time, and some work nights and weekends.

A bachelor's degree in human services trains students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Our degree plan includes fieldwork to allow students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. Other study and skill development areas include:

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Human Services Experiential Major Matrix Brochure

Examples of Occupational Titles of Human Service Workers

For more information, check out Helping Those in Need: Human Service Workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Important Qualities (from

Communication Skills Social and human services assistants talk with their clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. You must be able to listen to your client and communicate the needs of your client to organizations that can provide help.

Compassion Social and human service assistants will often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relations, you must have compassion and empathy for your clients.

Interpersonal Skills You must make your client feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in the community.

Organizational Skills Often you will have to complete lots of paperwork for many different clients. You success will be unmatched when you are organized and ensure that the paperwork is properly filed and clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-Solving Skills Social and human services assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients' needs and be able to offer practical solutions.

Time-management Skills Because social and human service assistants work with many clients, you must manage your time effectively to ensure that your clients are getting the attention they need.

Job Outlook

Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. A growing elderly population and rising demand for social services is expected to drive demand for these workers.

An increase in the number of older adults is expected to result in growing demand for social services such as delivery of meals and adult daycare. Because social and human service assistants often arrange for these services, there will need to be more of them to meet this increased demand.

In addition, growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs rather than to jail. As a result, demand should increase for social and human service assistants who work in treatment programs or work with people with addictions.

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