Human Services

The Human Services cluster uses your skills in communication and problem solving to provide support to families and individuals with services from working in early childhood care to providing mental health services for older adults. This diverse Career Cluster allows you to work in a variety of settings including health care, spas, schools, and community centers.

It is expected that more social workers will be needed in the coming years.  There should be an even greater need for mental health and substance abuse social workers. This is partly due to the fact that drug offenders are increasingly being sent to treatment programs, as opposed to jail, where they are treated by social workers.  The massage therapy industry also should see a boost in workers. In recent years the popularity of massage clinic franchises has increased, offering consumers more affordable massages, and increasing the need for massage therapists. Job prospects will be better for massage therapists who are licensed in states that require it. However, professionals entering the field should also be aware that it takes time to build a client base.

Middle School Courses

  1. Independent Living: #8219
  2. Teen Living 6 (FACS Exploratory I): #8206
  3. Teen Living 7 (FACS Exploratory II): #8263
  4. Teen Living 8(FACS Exploratory II): #8245

High School Courses

  1. Barbering I & II & III: #8740, #8741, #8742 (ACE)
  2. Cosmetology I & II & III: #8527, #8528, #8529 (ACE)
  3. Child Development and Parenting: #8231, #8232
  4. Life Planning: #8227
  5. Nutrition and Wellness: #8229, #8228
  6. Relationships (Family Relations): #8225, #8223

Do You Like To…

  • Assist families and individuals to lead more satisfying lives?
  • Show empathy and compassion to others?
  • Use your problem-solving abilities to serve others?
  • Practice good interpersonal skills?
  • Work with numerous people on a regular basis?

Sample Careers

  • Child Care Worker
  • Child, Family, or School Social Worker
  • Director of Childcare Facility
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • School Counselor
  • Sociologist
  • Social Services Worker
  • Personal or Home Care Aide
  • Leisure Activities Counselor
  • Recreation Worker
  • Consumer Credit Counselor
  • Personal Financial Advisor
  • Consumer Goods or Services Retailing Representative or Buyer
  • Cosmetologist, Hairdresser or Hairstylist

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degree Examples
Barbering State License
Cosmetology State License

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
High School
Diploma + Certification
Barbers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists$26,270 per year8% (Faster than average)63,900
High School
Diploma + Certification
Skincare Specialists$34,090 per year11% (Much faster than average)7,800
High School
Diploma + Certification
Manicurists and
Pedicurists
$25,770 per year10% (Faster than average)15,700

Student Leadership Organizations
FBLA is the high school division of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. FBLA helps high school students prepare for careers in business through academic competitions (FBLA Competitive Events), leadership development, and educational programs. Students will prepare for college and careers through a variety of leadership, community service, and academic activities.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.