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Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services

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Could this be a Career for You?
  • Do you like activities that include helping people, teaching and talking?
  • Are you interested in having a deeper understanding of the human condition?
  • Would you like to improve the welfare of others?
  • Do you have a high-stress tolerance?
  • Are you dependable and cooperative?

What You Need to Succeed

  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Compassion
  • Customer Service Experience
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility

Pathway Overview

Those who choose these fields are primarily concerned with the well-being of the people and the organizations they serve. They help people improve the quality of their lives by providing expertise and necessary resources for effective life management. This can include supporting client participation in a treatment plan, conducting research to help drive policy or offering services in a professional setting to help an organization and/or employees reach their full potential. While some careers in this pathway require a college degree, some can be realized by earning a certificate.

Pathways

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Child Development Administration Management
  • Provide social services and assistance to improve the functioning of children and maximize the well-being of the children and their families.
  • This may require counseling individuals, families and communities, assessing individual situations and serving as a liaison to other professional and government services to determine a child’s specific needs.
  • Over the next five years, a strong job growth of 17% is predicted for Child Development Administrators.
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Paralegal
  • Many paralegals work full-time in private firms, government agencies or corporate legal offices. Those who work for large firms might handle only one phase of a case, while those in smaller firms could work a case from beginning to end.
  • They often handle a broad range of administrative and research duties under the supervision of attorneys.
  • Paralegals also investigate the background facts of cases, manage schedules for witnesses and experts, organize evidence and documents and may accompany lawyers to court.
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Fitness Trainer
  • Fitness trainers work in health clubs, recreation centers, gyms, country clubs, hospitals, universities, studios, resorts and clients homes.
  • They are trained (and typically certified) to lead, instruct and motivate individuals or groups in general or specialized exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training and stretching.
  • Employment of fitness trainers is projected to grow in the next eight years as businesses and healthcare providers continue to encourage their employees and members to join gyms or other health clubs.
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Top Jobs and Salaries

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Salaries: What is Your Career Worth?

To help you make important decisions about investing resources in your college education, see how these careers compare:

JobsSalary Ranges
Child, Family and School Social Worker$28,520 to $75,940
Childcare Worker$17,490 to $32,780
Social and Human Service Assistant$26,680 to $66,280
Paralegal and Legal Assistant$31,120 to $94,830

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College Programs: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services

To find programs in this pathway please select your college of interest below.

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Start Today: Get involved and learn more about a new career.

Here are many organizations and activities to explore to learn more:

  • 4-H
  • Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
  • Future Teachers of America (FTA)
  • Debate Team
  • Volunteer in a soup kitchen
  • Become a peer counselor
  • Visit people who are homebound
  • Provide child care
  • Coordinate a schoolwide food and/or clothing drive
  • Volunteer in a hospital or nursing home
  • Intern at a nonprofit agency
  • Attend relevant events or workshops in your community
  • Learn a world language and study foreign cultures
  • Work as a camp counselor
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