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Michael Young, M.A.
Human Services Program
Office: CB 216
2001 North Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829
Human Services is a broad field that involves a variety of public and private agencies serving specific client populations (Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Medical, Elderly, Youth, Homeless, Job Placement, etc.). A two-year Associate degree is usually required for entry level positions within most human service agencies.
Why a Degree in Human Services?
Human Service workers provide direct care to clients and are vital to an organization's success and efficiency. Demand for human service workers remains strong throughout the country and is expected to increase by nearly 22% over the next ten years (this is much faster than average)! (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012)
Median Pay: $28,850 per year; $13.87 an hour
Between 2012-2022 there is an expectant growth for Human Service Workers of 81,200. (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012)
Why Bay College?
Students can earn an Associate in Applied Science in Human Services from Bay College in two years by completing 60 credits in human services, social and behavioral sciences, and general education courses. During the program, students will enjoy small class-sizes and instructor contact to gain experience in the field by volunteering and interning for credit hours. Coop & Internship Handbook. Students will also work with experienced faculty who will help mentor and advise them on their path to graduation and employment.
Bay graduates in the human services show a high level of job placement in the area (80-90%). The need for human service workers in the Upper Peninsula is expected to grow and agencies will be looking to hire individuals with a background in theory, ethics, and knowledge of the human services field. An A.A.S. degree in the Human Services from Bay College can help train and prepare students for the workforce that awaits them.
The A.A.S in Human Services is an occupational degree. Previous students have used the A.A.S in Human Services as a bridge for transfer to a four-year Bachelor’s degree program in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, and Sociology. Students can also major in the general Associates of Arts degree for transfer options in their field of interest. It is important to work with your advisor transfer institution if your goal is to obtain higher levels of education.
Most job seekers with an A.A.S. in Human Services work in entry-level staff positions in a variety of agencies. They directly serve clients with life-skills building, physical help, transportation, counseling, safety, food security, poverty, and substance abuse help. The main career with this degree is to assist treatment and case management professionals to ensure the best quality of life for their clients.
It is common for students with this degree to advance their career by earning their bachelors degree in Social Work, Criminal Justice, or Sociology and climbing the professional ladder. Students often find the A.A.S degree in Human Services as a stepping stone to career advancement.
Detailed information about the suggested sequences of courses, General Education Requirements, and approved electives can be found on the program page of our catalog by following the link for Degrees and Certificates.
You can learn more about the expected job growth and types of positions in this field by going to the links below: