Careers in Human Services contains twenty-five alphabetically arranged chapters describing specific fields of interest in this broad industry segment. Merging scholarship with occupational development, this single comprehensive guidebook provides human services students with the necessary insight into potential careers, and provides instruction on what job seekers can expect in terms of training, advancement, earnings, job prospects, working conditions, relevant associations, and more. Careers in Human Services is specifically designed for a high school and undergraduate audience and is edited to align with secondary or high school curriculum standards.
Understanding the wide net of jobs in human services is important for anyone preparing for a career within them. Careers in Human Services comprises twenty-five lengthy chapters on a broad range of occupations including traditional and long-established jobs such as Elementary School Teacher and Social Worker, as well as in-demand jobs like Employment Specialist, Rehabilitation Counselor, and Art Therapist. This excellent reference also presents possible career paths and high-growth and emerging occupations within this field.
Careers in Human Services is enhanced with numerous charts and tables, including projections from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and median annual salaries or wages for those occupations profiled. Each chapter also notes those skills that can be applied across broad occupation categories. Interesting enhancements, like Fun Facts, Famous Firsts, and dozens of photos, add depth to the discussion. A highlight of each chapter is Conversation With – a two-page interview with a professional working in a related job. The respondents share their personal career paths, detail potential for career advancement, offer advice for students, and include a “try this” for those interested in embarking on a career in their profession.
Each chapter ranges in length from 3,500 to 4,500 words and begins with a Snapshot of the occupation that includes career clusters, interests, earnings and employment outlook. This is followed by these major categories:
Overview includes detailed discussions on: Sphere of Work; Work Environment; Occupation Interest; A Day in the Life. Also included here is a Profile and outlines working conditions, educational needs, and physical abilities. You will also find the occupation’s Holland Interest Score, which matches up character and personality traits with specific jobs.
Occupational Specialties lists specific jobs that are related in some way, like Health Information Technician and Library Technician, and Career & Technical Education Teacher and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. Duties and Responsibilities are also included.
Work Environment details the physical, human, and technological environment of the occupation profiled. Education, Training, and Advancement outlines how to prepare for this field while in high school, and what college courses to take, including licenses and certifications needed. A section is devoted to the Adult Job Seeker, and there is a list of skills and abilities needed to succeed in the job profiled.
Earnings and Advancements offers specific salary ranges, and includes a chart of metropolitan areas that have the highest concentration of the profession.
Employment and Outlook discusses employment trends, and projects growth to 2020. This section also lists related occupations.
Selected Schools list those prominent learning institutions that offer specific courses in the profiles occupations.
More Information includes associations that the reader can contact for more information.
Several features continue to distinguish this reference series from other career oriented reference works. The back matter includes:
Appendix A: Guide to Holland Code. This discusses John Holland’s theory that people and work environments can be classified into six different groups: Realistic; Investigative; Artistic; Social; Enterprising; and Conventional. See if the job you want is right for you!
Appendix B: General Bibliography. This is a collection of suggested readings, organized into major categories.
Subject Index: Includes people, concepts, technologies, terms, principles, and all specific occupations discussed in the occupational profile chapters.