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Human Services Degrees and Healthcare Careers

By November 29, 2012

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Should you major in Human Services?

If you are interested in the healthcare field, but are not interested in a clinical role that requires a medical, nursing, or technical degree, which degree should you choose?

One option is human services. What is human services? Human services prepares graduates for roles in case management, advocacy, grant-writing, or other non-profit work. If you enjoy helping others, which is a motivating factor for many people who work in healthcare, you may find that a degree in human services is a great fit for you, and it could help you obtain a career well-suited to your interests.

Human services doesn't limit you to the healthcare field, but many non-profit organizations and government agencies are related to healthcare. Some healthcare careers related to human services include case manager at an elder-care facility or nursing home, patient advocate, or grant writer for healthcare-related causes.

Therefore, if you are interested in the social, public, government, or non-profit sector of the healthcare industry, it could be worth your time to explore a degree program in human services, which are offered at the Associate level, Bachelor, and Masters level.

To learn more, I recently consulted with an executive from Kaplan University for more insight and detail into this interesting field. Julie Riley, the academic department chair for Kaplan University's College of Human Services discusses employment prospects, curriculum, and skill sets for prospective human services students. To learn more, check out the full overview of Human Services degree programs.

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