Preparing Individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.
In the Human Services Career Cluster, you will find jobs and careers that share an interest in helping others. You can be a Mental Health Counselor, Child Care Provider, Community Service Director, or a Cosmetologist among others.
Workers in this Cluster assist individuals with their personal appearance, manage the mental health care of individuals and their families, provide assistance to help individuals with decisions regarding consumer goods and financial decisions, and care and teach for children.
Pathways in this Career Cluster include: Consumer Services, Counseling and Mental Health Services, Early Childhood Development and Services, Family and Community Services; and Personal Care Services.
Consumer Services workers must be good communicators and quick thinkers while having knowledge of consumer products that can be used to serve the customer’s best interest. Counseling and Mental Health Services workers need to have active listening skills to obtain and clarify information and most careers will need additional academic knowledge and skills for their chosen profession.
Early Childhood Development workers must employ critical thinking skills while being able to solve problems with creativity and innovation. Personal Care Services workers will assist individuals in making informed decisions to conduct personal care services for the individual. Family and Consumer Services workers must be able to recognize concerns and assist individuals while creating solutions for clients using information about individual preferences and strengths.
Education for this Career Cluster can begin in Arkansas' high school by following the Human Services Career Cluster and the four programs of study: Consumer Services, Child Care Guidance, Management & Services, Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Cosmetology. Careers in the Counseling and Mental Health Services Pathway will typically an education path of advanced studies in high school and a college education leading to a master’s degree. But you can continue your education for any of these careers after high school by pursuing certification with a postsecondary non-degree award, or full-time academic study at a college or university earning either an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or a professional degree.
Over 69,000 Arkansas residents are expected to be employed in the occupations in this Career Cluster by 2024, an increase of more than 14 percent. About half of the occupations can earn above Arkansas’ 2016 mean annual wage of $39,590, with the highest-paying occupations being Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists at $64,480 and Funeral Directors at $69,780.
Occupations include: Funeral Attendant; Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors; Massage Therapists; Clergy; Marriage and Family Therapists; Credit Counselors; and Social and Community Service Managers.