Job prospects in social and human service fields are expected to be excellent, particularly for individuals with appropriate education after high school.
Job openings will come from job growth, but also from the need to replace workers who advance into new positions, retire, or leave the workforce for other reasons. There will be more competition for jobs in urban areas than in rural ones, but qualified applicants should have little difficulty finding employment.
Employment change: the number of social and human service is expected to grow by nearly 23 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. This is due in large part to the aging population and increased demand for mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Human service professionals help social workers, healthcare workers, and other professionals to provide services to people. Human services is a generic term for workers with a wide array of job titles, including human service professionals, case management staff, social work counselor, community support worker, mental health staff, community outreach worker, life skills counselor, social services professional, youth worker, psychological aide, client advocate, or gerontology service professional.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Social and Human Service)