The Demand For Experts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Rehabilitation Studies

A combination of factors has driven an increasing demand in recent years for qualified workers in social and human services. It’s a trend that is expected to continue for at least the next decade.

“Human services” is a catchall term covering many different career fields. All involve delivering services to people who often live in poor or underserved communities. Human services jobs include social work counselor, case management, community support worker, mental health counselor,life skills counselor, gerontology service program director, and human serviceprofessional.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in human services and rehabilitation studies prepares graduates for jobs in these fields.

The Growing Demand

The federal government lists many occupations under the human services umbrella. One thing they all have in common is projected growth in the coming decade. That’s due to many factors, including:

  • An aging U.S. population that requires more support
  • The retirement of older human services professionals
  • An awareness among more people of the value in seeking human services support
  • The growing need in many areas, including social work, alcohol counseling, and substance abuse counseling

The number of social workers is expected to grow by 16% across the nation by 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In Massachusetts, an increase of 12% is expected among healthcare social workersalone, with salaries that far exceed the national average.

In another example, the number of social and community service managers is expected to increase 18% nationwide and 12.2% in Massachusetts. The Boston metropolitan area ranks second among all U.S. cities for employment of social and community servicemanagers, with a median annual salary ($74,050) that ranks among the highest inthe nation.

Educational Pathways

Because of the demand for human services, Assumption College offers a variety of ways to earn a human services bachelor’s degree, as well as specializing or earning a certificate in alcohol and substance abuse counseling. Those who earn a certificate in alcohol and substance abuse counseling from Assumption College may apply those credits to earn the bachelor’s degree in human services and rehabilitation studies. Graduates will then meet the requirements for Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor licensure and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor certification.

Alcohol and drug counseling as a career is expandingas much as other human services professions. The BLS projects 23% growth in the numberof substance abuse counselors by 2026, with more than 60,000 people joining theprofession. In Massachusetts, an 18% increase is expected by 2026, with thehighest salaries reaching almost $73,000 per year.

With demand growing, earning a degree in human services and rehabilitation studies can open the door to thetop jobs in the profession in Massachusetts and around the country.

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