Let's Explore Human Services

Welcome to the Human Services Pathway

Explore careers that focus on meeting human needs through activities such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services. This pathway prepares students for diverse roles from childcare workers to social and community service managers, equipping them with the skills necessary to support individuals and communities.

Explore Careers

These are just some of the careers available within the Human Services Industry:

Childcare Workers

Childcare Workers provide care for children when parents and other family members are unavailable. They care for children’s basic needs, such as bathing and feeding.

Barbers

Barbers provide hair cutting, styling, and grooming services to clients. They may also offer advice on hair care and grooming.

Social Workers

Social Workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. They may work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, and community service agencies.

Credit Counselors

Credit Counselors advise and educate individuals or organizations on acquiring and managing debt. They help clients develop plans to reduce or eliminate debt.

Social and Community Service Managers

Social and Community Service Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization.

Marriage and Family Therapists

Marriage and Family Therapists help people manage and overcome problems with family and other relationships. They work with individuals, couples, and families.

Manicurists and Pedicurists

Manicurists and Pedicurists clean and shape customers' fingernails and toenails. May polish or decorate nails.

Health Education Specialists

Health Education Specialists teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.

Human Services Careers in Action

Nicole Rodriguez is a victim services advocate for the Peace at Home Advocacy Center in Roseburg Oregon. She helps people who’ve faced domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking begin to overcome their experiences.

Mariah Stacona is the Native American community liaison at Madras High School in central Oregon. She works closely with students to bridge the gap between members of the Madras community and the Warm Springs Indian reservation.

Anabel Manzo is a caseworker for developmentally disabled adults in Salem, Oregon. She helps her clients find transportation, jobs, and providers who can assist with their day-to-day life.

Is This Career Path Right for You?

If you enjoy caring about people, their needs, and their problems, participating in community services and volunteering, listening to other people’s viewpoints, or working with people of all ages, a career in Human Services might be perfect for you. This pathway is ideal for those who are caring, non-judgmental, non-materialistic, intuitive and logical, and good communicators.

Essential Interests:

  • Enjoy caring about people, their needs, and their problems
  • Interested in participating in community services and volunteering
  • Passionate about listening to other people’s viewpoints
  • Like working with people of all ages

Essential Skills:

  • Strong caring and non-judgmental attitude
  • Intuitive and logical thinking
  • Effective communication

Essential Knowledge:

  • Understanding of language arts and speech
  • Knowledge of psychology and sociology
  • Familiarity with family and consumer sciences, finance/business, and foreign languages
  • Skills in cosmetology

Career Planning Action Plan​

Get prepared for a career in human services!

STEP 1: start by taking classes in any of the following subject areas:

  • Language Arts/Speech: improve skills in reading, writing, and communication.
  • Psychology/Sociology: study the science of behavior and social relationships.
  • Social Sciences: understand different cultures and social behaviors.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences: learn about managing family resources and improving quality of life.
  • Finance/Business: gain an understanding of financial principles and business operations.
  • Foreign Language: study a foreign language to enhance communication skills with diverse populations.

STEP 2: explore and plan your career path:

  • Meet with your advisor to discuss your interests.
  • Identify relevant classes and dual-credit opportunities.
  • Explore community activities for skill-building.
  • Research jobs on the Quality Info Website.

STEP 3: assess and refine your career goals:

  • Create a career and college plan with your advisor.
  • Complete the interest profile, skills assessment, and reality check on the Oregon CIS Website.
  • Watch Career Journey Videos to gain insights from industry professionals.

Meet Sassy, Your Career Exploration Guide

Sassy helps Oregon middle and high school students explore career and trade pathways.

Human Services in Oregon

Career Planning

High-demand Jobs in Oregon

Here are three careers in high demand right now in Oregon.

Home Health Aides

Education: Postsecondary Training

Annual Average Wage: $34,332

Duties: Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages and dressing wounds, and applying topical medications at the patient’s home or in a care facility.

Why it's in demand: As the population ages, the demand for home health aides to assist with daily living and medical care continues to rise.

Social and Community Service Managers

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Annual Average Wage: $65,000

Duties: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization.

Why it's in demand: As social service needs grow, there is an increasing demand for managers to oversee programs that support community well-being and development.

Hairdressers/Cosmetologists

Education: Postsecondary Training

Annual Average Wage: $30,000

Duties: Provide beauty services, such as shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair, and massaging and treating scalp. Apply makeup and provide nail and skin care.

Why it's in demand: With ongoing interest in personal grooming and beauty services, the need for skilled cosmetologists remains strong.

Essential Student Links for Further Exploration

Career OneStop

Career OneStop Take this 30-question interest assessment to help you match your interests with exciting careers.

Link to Interest Assessment | Career OneStop
Career Journeys

Career Journeys Watch young Oregonians in high-demand trades share their career journeys and give you a window into their workday.

Watch the Career Journeys Stories
Oregon Career Pathways

Oregon Career Pathways: Explore career pathways through the Oregon Employment Department to understand the education and training needed for different occupations. Learn which jobs are in highest demand and what they pay.

Oregon Career Pathways
Oregon Department of Education Career Exploration

Community & Workforce Training: The Business and Management Career Learning Area focuses on the business and entrepreneurial needs of Oregon’s students as they prepare to enter and succeed in the world of business. The careers in this area span virtually every industry in the world.

Oregon Department of Education Business and Management Page
The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS): provides a system of occupational and educational information to help Oregonians learn about the world of work and education. We work with schools, colleges, social agencies, and businesses who provide career guidance and employee development services. They use CIS products with their students, clients, customers, and employees to assist them with the process of career planning or career transition.

The Oregon Career Information System (CIS)

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